Book Announcement: From White to Yellow: The Japanese in European Racial Thought, 1300-1735

From White to YellowFrom White to Yellow: The Japanese in European Racial Thought, 1300-1735

(McGill-Queen’s University Press, December 2014).

“This magisterial work fills an important gap in contemporary scholarship about racial history and European perceptions of the Japanese during the age of maritime explorations, beginning with the voyages of Marco Polo. The author approaches a delicate and complex topic with a breadth of knowledge and erudition based on the careful analysis of primary documents from a wide variety of both printed and manuscript sources in numerous languages.” M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J. Director, Ricci Institute, University of San Francisco

“Rotem Kowner has written an extraordinary book which will be must-reading for anyone interested in Western perceptions of the Japanese from the beginning (Marco Polo’s account) to the 18th century, and to anyone interested in the history of the very concept of ‘race.’” Gary Leupp, Department of History, Tufts University

“Erudite, comprehensive, and clearly-written, From White to Yellow offers the reader a panorama of the Euro-Japanese encounter in the pre-modern period that is unsurpassed in previous scholarship.” Ronnie Hsia, Department of History, Pennsylvania State University

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Those interested in questions of race, racism, and ethnicity in and with regard to Japan, China and Korea, may also look at the following publication (now in paperback edition!)

Race and Racism in Modern East Asia: Western and Eastern Constructions (Brill, September 2014).

Rotem Kowner and Walter Demel (editors)

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Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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