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Letter from the Chair

Ronald P Toby PhD

Professor Emeritus of History
Affiliated Faculty of Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Center for Global Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Languages and Cultures

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Contact Info

  • Address:
    History 302 Gregory Hall 810 S Wright M/C 466 Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217)333-2450
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Areas of Specialization

Early Modern Japan



  • Sakoku to iu gaikō (The politics of ‘seclusion’). . Tokyo: Shogakukan, 2008.
  • Toby, Ronald P., Shosuke Murai, Shin Satō, and Mitsuo Yoshida. Nik-Kan-Chū no kōryū: hito, mono, bunka (Japanese-Korean-Chinese Exchange: People, Things & Culture). . Comp. Mitsuo Yoshida. Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2004.

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Book Contributions

  • Toby, Ronald P. "The Originality of the ‘Copy’: Mimesis and Subversion in Hanegawa Tōei’s Chōsenjin ukie." Cultures of Copying in Japan. . Routledge, 2007. 113-155.

  • "Foreign Texts/Native Readings: Matsushita Kenrin (1637-1703) & the Challenge of Chinese/ Korean Histories." Japan and Its Worlds. . I-House Press, 2007. 113-155.

Edited Books

  • Ezu-gaku nyūmon (Introduction to Cartology). . University of Tokyo Press, 2011.

  • Toby, Ronald P., and Akira Hayami. Emergence of Economic Society in Japan, 1600-1859. . Oxford University Press, 2004.

  • Toby, Ronald P., and Martin Collcutt. Japan and Its Worlds: Marius Jansen and the Internationalization of Japanese Histor. . I-House Press, 2004.

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Journal Articles

  • "Mapping New Meisho: The Kyoto ‘Ear Mound’ in Early Modern Representation (Kinsei no miyako meisho: Hōkōji to Mimizuka)." Rekishigaku kenkyū (2008): 1-12.
  • "Kusumi Morikage hitsu Chōsenjin gyōretsu-zu byōbu ni tsuite (On Kusumi Morikage's "Korean Parade Screens"." Kokka 109.5 (2003): 5-16.