Kawakatsu Heita

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  • Born: 1948
  • Japanese: 川勝平太 (Kawakatsu Heita)

Kawakatsu Heita is a historian of early modern Japanese economy.

After graduating from Waseda University, Kawakatsu earned a PhD from Oxford University. Much of his work focuses on the import and export of particular commodities in early modern Japan.

Selected Publications

  • (with John Latham), Intra-Asian Trade and the World Market. Routledge, 2006.
  • “The Emergence of a Market for Cotton Goods in East Asian in the Early Modern Period.” in Kawakatsu and Latham (eds.), Japanese Industrialization and the Asian Economy, Routledge (2013), 9-34.


  • Ronald Toby, Hayami Akira 速水融, et al, “Edo no kurashi ha kokusai kankei no naka ni” 「江戸の暮らしは国際関係の中に」, Kokusai kōryū 国際交流 59 (1992), 20.