Seiichi Iwao

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Seiichi Iwao (岩生 成一, Iwao Seiichi, June 2, 1900 – March 21, 1988)[1] was a Japanese academic, an historian and author. He was for many years a professor at the University of Tokyo.

Early life

Seiichi was born in Tokyo. He attended the University of Tokyo, graduating in 1925.

Career

Seiichi was a member of the faculty of the University of Tokyo.[2] His contribution to Japanese historiography is measured in the effect his teaching and example produced in a younger generation of students.[3]

Indonesian history

Prof. Iwao was considered a leading scholar in the colonial period of Indonesian history. His study of Japanese towns in South Asia before the Pacific War was published in A study of Japanese Towns in the South (南洋日本町の研究, Nan'yo Nihonmachi no kenkyu). The research used documents of the Dutch East Indies Company in the archives of the Hague and Jakarta.[4]

Japanese history

Prof. Iwao's research and writing covered a broad range, including his early work on Japanese emigrant communities in South Asia and his later work on the Edo period of national seclusion (sakoku).[3]

Selected works

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Seiichi Iwao, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 100+ works in 200+ publications in 7 languages and 1,500+ library holdings.[5]

  • 1940 – A study of Japanese Towns in the South Seas (南洋日本町の研究) Nan'yo Nihonmachi no kenkyu (1940)
  • 1943 – Early Japanese settlers in the Philippines (1943)
  • 朱印船貿易史の研究 (1958)
  • 朱印船と日本町 (1962)
  • 鎖国 (1966)
  • 近世の洋学と海外交涉 (1979)
  • 荷蘭時代台灣史論文集 (2001)
  • 1982 – Biographical Dictionary of Japanese History (1982), with Burton Watson
  • 2002 – Dictionnaire historique du Japon, Vol. I; Vol. II(2002), with Teizō Iyanaga, Susumu Ishii, Shōichirō Yoshida et al.

Affiliations

  • Japan Academy, elected 1965.[6]
  • Franco-Japanese Historical Society (Societe Franco-Japonaise des Sciences Historiques; Nichi-Futsu Rekishi Gakkai)
  • Japan-Netherlands Institute (Nichi-Ran Gakkai)

Honors

Notes

  1. ^ Australian National Library, catalogue: Iwao, Seiichi (1900-1988)
  2. ^ Hall, John Whitney. "Review: Biographical Dictionary of Japanese History by Seiichi Iwao; Burton Watson," Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Winter, 1978), pp. 473-476.
  3. ^ a b National Committee of Japanese Historians. (1991). Historical studies in Japan (VII) 1983-1987, pp. 51-53.
  4. ^ Soedjatmoko. (2007). An Introduction to Indonesian Historiography, p. 212.
  5. ^ WorldCat Identities: 岩生成一 1900-1988
  6. ^ Japan Academy: Deceased members.
  7. ^ Japan Academy: Imperial Academy Prize, 1941: "A Study on the History of the Japanese Quarters in the South Seas in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries".

References

  • Hall, John Whitney. "Review: Biographical Dictionary of Japanese History by Seiichi Iwao; Burton Watson," Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Winter, 1978), pp. 473–476.
  • National Committee of Japanese Historians. (1991). Historical studies in Japan (VII) 1983-1987 (Nihon ni okeru rekishigaku no hattatsu to genjō). Leiden: Brill Publishers. ISBN 978-4-634-65040-4; ISBN 978-90-04-09292-1; OCLC 257200566
  • Soedjatmoko. (2007). An Introduction to Indonesian Historiography. Jakarta: Equinox. ISBN 978-979-3780-44-3; OCLC 92737622
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