The Social Structure of Transport in Early Modern(Tokugawa) Japan

Dr Koichi Watanabe, PhD (Visiting Scholar of Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure)

Saturday, 17 March 2001; 7:30-9:30pm

Erasumus room, Queens' College

In Cambridge, I wrote a part of general Japanese history books about the transport in Early Modern in Japanese. I will speak this manuscript at Toiro-kai meeting, because these books are intended for university students, high school teachers and general readers.
My points of view of transport history are as follows;
1.The attention to material objects; for example, road, horse, ship and so on.
2.The attention to labourer of several kinds of transport; for example, corvee labour obligation, day labourer for land transportation, and sailors.
3.The attention to urban space of junction of transportation; towns and cities.