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Philip C. Brown <email@example.com>
Ohio State University
|Address:||Department of History
Ohio State University
230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Asia
Advisory Board Member for H-Japan
List Editor for H-Japan
|Reviews:||Mutually Assisted Destruction: The Cultural Transformation of the Ainu-Japanese Frontier in Tokugawa Japan
|Interests:||Asian History / Studies
World History / Studies
Philip C. Brown; B.A., College of Wooster, 1969; M.A., University of Rochester, 1971; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1981.
Professor Brown is an expert in Early Modern Japanese History with special interest in domain formation and the Early Modern Japanese state and corporate land holding systems (warichi). He is the author of Central Authority and Local Autonomy in the formation of Early Modern Japan: The Case of Kaga Domain (1993). In addition, he has published a number of articles that explore early modern technological development of land surveying and map-making and patterns of rural landholding. More recently he has published "State, Cultivator, Land: Determination of Land Tenures in Early Modern Japan Reconsidered," Journal of Asian Studies 56:2 (May, 1997), "Ten years of Western Research in Early Modern Japanese History" (in Japanese), Nihonshi Kenkyu (May, 2000), "Early Modern Japanese Land Redistribution Practices: Their Interest to Overseas Scholars and the Complications of Understanding Them," (in Japanese), part of a collaborative research seminar series, "Nature, Farmers, and Land Taxation in Early Modern Japan", which he organized for the Division of Historical Manuscripts, National Institute of Japanese Literature, Tokyo, Shiryokan kenkyu kiyo, (March, 1999), and "The Internet and Historical Studies in Japan A Personal View," in the American Historical Association newsletter, Perspectives, (December, 1998). He organized a major multidisciplinary seminar, "Early Modern Japan: The State of the Field," held in Columbus, Ohio, April 21-23, 2000. He is the Editor of Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and is a founding Editor of H-Japan on-line discussion group (part of H-Net Humanities on Line). He is the coordinator of the Early Modern Japan Network, a subcommittee of the Association for Asian Studies.
His current research focuses on the role of corporate forms of landholding (warichi) in early modern village society, its impact on the environment and its relationship to economic change. His research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Japan Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Association for Asian Studies, and the Japan Institute at Harvard University. During 1989-90, Professor Brown was Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. During 1994, he was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Japan. From September 1997 to March 1998 he was the first scholar appointed as Visiting International Research Scholar of the Division of Historical Manuscripts at the National Institute of Japanese Literature in Tokyo. In the fall of 2000, Professor Brown was a visiting professor in the Department of History, University of Michigan.