• Kaizoku in the Seto Inland Sea

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar (via Zoom) -- Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 2000 (JST)

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    During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, seafarers who are labled pirates in historical sources took control of many of the sea-lanes linking Japan to the rest of the world. Central to these mariners' success were strategies of commerce, violence, and self-representation. Their histories demonstrate the significance of non-state peoples and Asian participants in making possible the global connectivity we think of as the Age of Exploration. Pirate power exerted control not only on Japan's peripheries, but also the region known today at the Seto Inland Sea, medieval Japan's most important trade artery.

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    This event is a part of YCAPS' "Getting to Know Japan Series" co-sponsored by Japan Foundation, New York (JFNY).



    Dr. Peter Shapinsky is professor of history at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He is the author of the book, Lords of the Sea: Pirates, Violence, and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan (Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan 2014) and several articles and chapters, including “Merchants, Monks, and Marauders: Medieval Japan on and over the Seas,” forthcoming in the new Cambridge History of Japan.



    Format: This event will be recorded and published in our web archive. Questions are encouraged during the live event.

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    Moderators: Amani Kidd

    Webinar Cost: Free of charge

    Co-sponsors: Japan Foundation, New York