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A discussion with Thomas Conlan: "Miners, Traders and Multiethnic Kings: Uncovering a Lost History of Japan (1400-1570)"

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Thomas D Conlan, Professor of East Asian Studies and History, Princeton University

College Hall 205

The Ōuchi family were kings in all but name over much of the Japanese archipelago, while their city of Yamaguchi functioned as an important regional entrepôt. This talk reveals how Ōuchi control over copper and silver mining enabled them to oversee extensive trade with the continent. In addition, they established an ethnic identity as being descended from Korean kings, and these assertions helped facilitate close ties with Korea.  

Speaker: Thomas D Conlan, Professor of East Asian Studies and History, Princeton University