New contributions to Silk Road History from a Japanese perspective

Welcome to a SIPCATS book launch with the editor, Professor Selçuk Esenbel, Boğaziçi University.

Japan on the Silk Road: Encounters and Perspectives of Politics and Culture in Eurasia edited by Professor Selçuk Esenbel, Boğaziçi University, Brill

This book provides for the first time the historical background indispensable for understanding Japan’s current perspectives and policies in the vast area of Eurasia across the Middle East and Central Asia. Japanese diplomats, military officers, archaeologists, and linguists traversed the Silk Road, involving Japan in the Great Game and exploring ancient civilizations. The book exposes the entanglements of pre-war Japanese Pan-Asianism with Pan-Islamism, Turkic nationalism and Mongolian independence as a global history of imperialism. Japanese connections to Ottoman Turkey, India, Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, and China at the same time reveal a discrete global narrative of cosmopolitanism and transnationality.

Introductions by
Johan Mårtelius, Professor, Director of SRII
Birgit Schlyter, Professor, Stockholm University
Selçuk Esenbel, Professor, Boğaziçi University


Tuesday, 5 December, 2017, 17:30

Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Istiklal caddesi 247, Tünel – Beyoğlu
RSVP: (Registration is mandatory)


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