Research Plan

This group—based on the experiences of research projects on global history and environmental history that Japanese economic historians have organized, and inheriting these networks—gathers together leading scholars of comparative and connective history to develop a new field of study. In addition to the traditional methods of economic history (literature reviews together with the identification and processing of new materials and data), we adopt the approach of joint international research to seek the thorough sharing of knowledge between researchers inside and outside Japan. In this way, we will be able to make balanced judgments based on expert knowledge that can be obtained today in each field of specialization involving many different languages. Carrying out such research in Asia rather than at established European and American academic institutions makes sense in terms of access to local research materials and for capacity building in the region.