Updated on 2021/12/08

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KOBAYASHI, Kazuo
 
Affiliation
Faculty of Political Science and Economics, School of Political Science and Economics
Job title
Associate Professor
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I am an associate professor of economic history at Waseda University, where I am teaching courses of global economic history in both English and Japanese. 

 

My research is to revise the traditional narrative of the emergence of the modern global economy from the perspective of West African consumers. As one of the major achievements, I published Indian Cotton Textiles in West Africa: African Agency, Consumer Demand and the Making of the Global Economy, 1750-1850 (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). 

 

Degree

  • LSE   PhD (Economic History)

Research Experience

  • 2019.10
    -
    Now

    National Museum of Ethnology   Researcher

  • 2019.04
    -
    Now

    Waseda University   Faculty of Political Science and Economics   Associate Professor

  • 2018.04
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    2019.03

    Osaka Sangyo University   Faculty of Economics   Assistant Professor in Economic History

  • 2018.02
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    2018.03

    University of Warwick   Global History and Culture Centre   Visiting Associate Professor

  • 2016.04
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    2018.03

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science   Postdoctoral fellow

  • 2012.08
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    2013.04

    Madras Institute of Development Studies   Affiliated researcher

  • 2010.04
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    2011.09

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science   Research fellow (DC1)

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Research Areas

  • Economic history

  • Historical studies in general

Research Interests

  • Tropical economies

  • Economic History

  • Globalization

  • India

  • West Africa

  • Consumption

  • Textiles

  • Slave Trade

  • Global history

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Papers

  • Tecendo redes imperiais: uma dimensão asiática do comércio britânico de escravos no Atlântico no século XVIII

    Kazuo Kobayashi

    Afro-Ásia   63   11 - 39  2021.06  [Refereed]  [International journal]

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  • Palm oil production and export in nineteenth-century West Africa: W. Arthur Lewis’s approach to tropical development reconsidered

    Kazuo Kobayashi

    Socio-Economic History   85 ( 4 ) 7 - 21  2020.02  [Refereed]

  • The British Atlantic Slave Trade and Indian Cotton Textiles: The Case of Thomas Lumley & Co.

    Kazuo Kobayashi

    Modern Global Trade and the Asian Regional Economy (edited by Tomoko Shiroyama)     59 - 85  2018.06  [Invited]

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  • Indian Textiles and Gum Arabic in the Lower Senegal River: Global Significance of Local Trade and Consumers in the Early Nineteenth Century

    Kazuo Kobayashi

    African Economic History   45 ( 2 ) 27 - 53  2017  [Refereed]  [International journal]

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    This article proposes to give a new answer to one of the central questions in African and global economic histories: how West Africa contributed to economies outside the region. Recent studies have highlighted that consumers played a significant role in the processes of trade and production. The article combines this consumer-led perspective with a new set of quantitative and qualitative data. Trade figures drawn from the British and French trade statistics reveal the peculiar demand for Indian indigo-blue cotton textiles, called guinees, in Senegal compared with other regions of West Africa in the early nineteenth century. This finding revises Joseph Inikori's argument about the triumph of British cottons in West Africa. Subsequently, this article places the consumption of guinees within the wider context of commercial networks in the trade in gum arabic in the lower Senegal River region and analyzes the social and ecological factors that underpinned the persistent demand for guinees among local consumers, taking into account the continuation of local textile production in West Africa. In so doing, this article argues that consumer behavior in Senegal mattered not only for the gum trade and but also conditioned a part of global trade networks that extended from South Asia through Western Europe and reached Africa in the early nineteenth century.

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  • [PhD Thesis] Indian Cotton Textiles and the Senegal River Valley in a Globalising World: Production, Trade and Consumption, 1750-1850

    Kazuo Kobayashi

    London School of Economics and Political Science    2016.02  [Refereed]

  • The British Atlantic Slave Trade and Indian Cotton Textiles: The Case of Thomas Lumley & Co.

    Kazuo Kobayashi

    Socio-Economic History   77 ( 3 ) 113 - 130  2011.11  [Refereed]  [Domestic journal]

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    This article addresses the role of Indian cotton textiles as one factor in the rapid growth of the British Atlantic slave trade in the century before the abolition of the slave trade. The Anglo-African trade statistics, compiled by Marion Johnson, opened our eyes to the importance of the re-export of East Indian textiles in the slave trade. Using the records of the London merchant Thomas Lumley, I have illuminated with great precision the commercial networks which stretched from India via Britain to Africa, to map the trade routes of Indian cottons, to examine the Asian dimension of the British Atlantic slave trade, and to show the regional differences in the consumption of Indian textiles in pre-colonial West Africa.

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  • British Atlantic Slave Trade and East Indian Textiles, 1650-1808

    Kazuo Kobayashi

    Global History and Maritime Asia Working Paper   19   26 - 52  2010.08

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Books and Other Publications

  • Beyond the Atlantic Slave Trade: West Africa, Indian Cotton Textiles and the Modern Global Economy

    Kazuo Kobayashi( Part: Sole author)

    The University of Nagoya Press  2021.10 ISBN: 9784815810375

  • Indian Cotton Textiles in West Africa: African Agency, Consumer Demand and the Making of the Global Economy, 1750-1850

    Kazuo Kobayashi( Part: Sole author)

    Palgrave Macmillan  2019.06 ISBN: 9783030186746  [Refereed]

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    This book focuses on the significant role of West African consumers in the development of the global economy. It explores their demand for Indian cotton textiles and how their consumption shaped patterns of global trade, influencing economies and businesses from Western Europe to South Asia. In turn, the book examines how cotton textile production in southern India responded to this demand. Through this perspective of a south-south economic history, the study foregrounds African agency and considers the lasting impact on production and exports in South Asia. It also considers how European commercial and imperial expansion provided a complex web of networks, linking West African consumers and Indian weavers. Crucially, it demonstrates the emergence of the modern global economy.

    Paperback edition, August 2020. ISBN: 9783030186777.

    Book review: Economic History Review 73/3 (2020), pp. 876-877.

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Misc

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Awards

  • Excellent Poster Award

    2014.06   Japanese Society for Western History   The British Atlantic Slave Trade and the East India Company

    Winner: Kazuo Kobayashi

Research Projects

  • Problematizing Circulations.Connecting Culture, Environment and Materiality in Global History

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Fostering Joint International Research (B))

    Project Year :

    2019.10
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    2025.03
     

    Miki Sugiura

  • Historical Research of Developmental Path of West Africa: The Case of Textile Industry

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists

    Project Year :

    2020.04
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    2024.03
     

    Kazuo Kobayashi

  • 人類史における移動概念の再構築――「自由」と「不自由」の相克に注目して

    国立民族学博物館 

    Project Year :

    2019.10
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    2022.03
     

    鈴木英明

  • インド洋交易圏の統計的研究―近代世界における地域交易像の再構築ー

    日本学術振興会  基盤研究(B)

    Project Year :

    2019.04
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    2022.03
     

    杉原 薫

  • Multiple Developmental Paths in the modern tropical Indian Ocean

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)

    Project Year :

    2019.04
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    2022.03
     

    Kohei Wakimura

  • West Africa in the Global Economy in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: A New Perspective

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-up

    Project Year :

    2018.08
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    2020.03
     

    Kazuo Kobayashi

  • Tropical Economies in the Making of the Modern World

    Socio-Economic History Society  WEHC 2018 Support Program

    Project Year :

    2018.04
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    2018.07
     

    Kazuo Kobayashi

  • West African Consumers and Global Economy in the late nineteenth century: The Case of the Demand for Indian Cotton Textiles

    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers

    Project Year :

    2016.04
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    2018.03
     

    Kazuo Kobayashi

  • Textile Trade and African Consumers in a Globalizing World, 1700-1850

    Socio-Economic History Society  WEHC2015 Support Program

    Project Year :

    2014.01
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    2015.08
     

    Kazuo Kobayashi

  • Indian cotton textiles and West Africa in a globalizing world, 1700-1850

    Economic History Society  Research Fund for Graduate Students

    Project Year :

    2014.01
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    2014.02
     

    Kazuo Kobayashi

  • インド洋世界と「近代」—19世紀前半の西アフリカにおけるインド産綿織物を事例にして—

    松下幸之助記念財団  研究助成

    Project Year :

    2012.10
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    2013.09
     

    小林 和夫

  • 18世紀イギリス大西洋経済の成 長―商業ネットワークと金融制度 の分析から―

    日本学術振興会  特別研究員奨励費・科学研究費補助金

    Project Year :

    2010.04
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    2011.09
     

    小林 和夫

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Presentations

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Specific Research

  • 18-19世紀のサハラ以南アフリカとグローバル経済―繊維貿易に注目して

    2019  

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    主な研究成果として、パルグレイヴ・マクミラン社のケンブリッジ帝国ポストコロニアル研究叢書の一冊として英文単著を刊行した。本書では、西アフリカの消費者のインド綿布に対する需要に注目して、18世紀から19世紀半ばのグローバル化の主要な局面ー具体的には、18世紀の大西洋奴隷貿易とそれに伴う大西洋経済の興隆、イギリス産業革命、19世紀のグローバル経済の興隆ーにおける西アフリカの位置付けを再考した。その際に、south-south economic historyというパースペクティヴを導入して、ヨーロッパ人の主体性が強調されがちな「中心」-「周辺」の関係と異なる世界経済史像の提示を試みた。これに加えて、『社会経済史学』85/4(2020年)から学術論文(日本語)を発表した。

 

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Teaching Experience

  • Global History (in Japanese)

    Waseda University  

    2020.09
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    Now
     

  • Topics in Western Economic History A

    Waseda University  

    2019.10
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    Now
     

  • Global Economic History (intermediate)

    Waseda University  

    2019.10
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    Now
     

  • Global Economic History (introductory)

    Waseda University  

    2019.04
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    Now
     

  • Introduction to Economic History (in Japanese)

    Waseda University  

    2019.04
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    Now
     

  • Issues in Global Economic History

    Waseda University  

    2020.09
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    Now
     

  • Methods in Economic History

    Waseda University  

    2020.04
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    2021.09
     

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Committee Memberships

  • 2021.04
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    Now

    Socio-Economic HIstory Society  Conference Committee

Social Activities

  • African Threads Hackney Style: 400 Years of Textile Journeys from Africa to Hackney

    Hackney Museum  African Threads Hackney Style: 400 Years of Textile Journeys from Africa to Hackney 

    2015.10
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    2016.01

  • The Textile Trade in West Africa

    Hackney Museum  African Threads Hackney Style: 400 Years of Textile Journeys from Africa to Hackney  (Hackney Museum) 

    2015.10
     
     

Media Coverage

Academic Activities

  • Session organiser, 'Tropical Economies in the Making of the Modern World'

    Academic society, research group, etc.

    XVIII World Economic History Congress   MIT(アメリカ合衆国・ボストン)

    2018.07
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  • Session organiser, 'Textile Trade and African Consumers in a Globalizing World, 17th -19th Century'

    Academic society, research group, etc.

    XVII World Economic History Congress   国立京都国際会館

    2015.08
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  • 'Transition and Continuity in Global Trade from the Eighteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century'

    Academic society, research group, etc.

    The Second Congress of the Asian Association of World Historians   梨花女子大学校(韓国・ソウル)

    2012.04
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  • Africa Development. Afrique et développement; African Economic History; Economic History Review; Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History; Textile History

    Peer review