Kuroda Akinobu

East Asian History

, by Marc-Antoine Rey

Professor of East Asian History, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia - University of Tokyo


  • 2002-... : Professor, University of Tokyo.
  • 1997-2002 : Associate Professor, University of Tokyo.
  • 1989-1997 : Associate Professor, Nagoya University.
  • 1987-1989 : Lecturer, Osaka Education University.
  • 1986-1987 : Research Assistant, Kyoto University.
  • 1985-1986 : Researcher, Kyoto University.


  • 1995 : Doctor of Economics, Kyoto University.
  • 1982-1985 : Doctoral studies, Dept. of Oriental History, Kyoto University.
  • 1980-1982 : Master studies, Dept. of Oriental History, Kyoto University.
  • 1976-1980 : Undergraduate studies, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University.


  • 1994 : 16th Suntory Academic Prize for Political and Economic Sciences, awarded by the Suntory Foundation, for Chuka teikoku no kozo to sekai keizai 中華帝国の構造と世界経済 (The Structure of the Chinese Empire and the World Economy, 1994).


Articles in English in Refereed Journals

  • ‘Anonymous Currencies or Named Debts ? : Comparison of Currencies, Local Credits and Units of Account between China, Japan and England in the Pre-industrial Era’, Socio Economic Review, 10 forthcoming (Oxford UP).
  • ‘The Eurasian Silver Century, 1276-1359 : Commensurability and Multiplicity’, Journal of Global History 4-2 (Cambridge UP) pp.245-269, 2009.
  • ’What is the Complementarity among Monies ? An Introductory Note’, Financial History Review 15-1 (Cambridge UP) pp. 7-15, 2008.
  • ‘Currency Circuits Concurrent but Non-integrable : Complementary Relationship among monies in Modern China and other Regions’, Financial History Review 15-1 pp. 17-36, 2008.
  • ‘The Maria Theresa Dollar in the Early Twentieth-century Red Sea Region : A Complementary Interface between Multiple Markets’, Financial History Review 14-1 pp. 89-110, 2007.

Articles and Book Chapters in English

  • ‘Locating Chinese Monetary History in Global and Theoretical Contexts : From Multiple and Complementary Viewpoints’, in Huang Kuanzhong ed. Jidiao yu bianzou : 7 zhi 20 shiji de Zhongguo 基調與變奏 : 七至二十世紀的中國 (Keynote and Variations : China from 7th century to 20th century) 2, Chengchi U. Dept of History, Taipei, pp. 33-50, 2008.
  • ‘The Collapse of the Chinese Imperial Monetary System’ in K. Sugihara ed. Japan, China and the Growth of the Asian International Economy, 1850-1949, Oxford U.P., pp.103-126, 2005.
  • ‘Copper-Coins Chosen and Silver Differentiated – Another Aspect of ‘Silver Century’ in East Asia’, Acta Asiatica 88, pp. 65-86, 2005.
  • ‘What can Prices Tell us about the 16th-18th Century China ? - A Review of “Shindai Chugoku no bukka to keizai hendo (Prices and Economic Change in Qing China)” by Kishimoto Mio’, Chugokushigaku 中国史学 (Studies in Chinese History) 13, pp. 101-117, 2003.
  • ‘What Did the Silver Influx Really Do to Early Modern Asia ?’ in Chugoku no rekishi sekai 中国の歴史世界 (Historical World of China), Tokyo Metropolitan UP, Tokyo, pp. 403-11, 2002.
  • ‘Another Monetary Economy : The Case of Traditional China’, in A.J.H. Latham and H. Kawakatsu eds. Asia Pacific Dynamism 1550-2000, Routledge, London, 2000, pp.187-198

Books in Japanese

  • Kahei sisutemu no sekaishi : hi-taishosei o yomu 貨幣システムの世界史-「非対称性」をよむ (World History of Monetary Systems : Interpreting the Asymmetric Phenomenon), Iwanami岩波, Tokyo, 2003.
    Translation in Chinese 货币制度的世界史-解释非对称性 translated by HE Ping 何平, China’s People UP, Beijing, 2007.
    Translation in Korean화폐시스템의세계사 ‘비ㄷ대칭성을읽는다’ translated by CHUNG Hye-jung 鄭恵仲, Nonhyung, Seoul, 2005.
  • Chuka teikoku no kozo to sekai keizai 中華帝国の構造と世界経済 (The Structure of the Chinese Empire and the World Economy) Nagoya U.P., Nagoya, 1994.