Profile

SUZUKI Kai

Senior Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Letters,
Meiji University

SDGs theme

Research fields:
Asian History Course (early modern history of Korea, history of international relations in East Asia, oriental historiography)

Research themes:
He is engaged in research on diplomatic missions dispatched from the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897) to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing dynasty (1636-1912). He is particularly interested in the historical meaning of transformation of roles and systems of the Joseon missions to the Chinese dynasties under the fluctuating order of East Asia in the 17th century, such as Japanese invasions of Joseon led by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the Ming-Qing transition, as well as how the Joseon dynasty government recognized and responded to the situations. As these issues are important themes dating back to the earliest studies of oriental history in Japan, he even attempts to reconsider Asian historiography based on the findings obtained.
[Keywords] Joseon dynasty, Ming-Qing transition, Joseon missions to Imperial China, relations between China and Joseon, history

Main books and papers:
◆“Minshin-kotai to Chosen-gaiko” (Ming-Qing Transition and Joseon Diplomacy) (Tosui Shobo, Publishers & Co., Ltd., 2021)
◆“Kyo no Rekishi Toyo-hen” (History of the Chivalrous, Oriental Version) Volume 2 (Coauthor, edited by Makoto Ueda, Shimizu Shoin co., Ltd., 2020)
◆“Handbook Kindai Chugoku Gaiko-shi: Minshin-kotai kara Manshu-jihen made” (Handbook of Diplomatic History of Modern China: From the Ming-Qing Transition to the Manchurian Incident) (Coauthor, edited and authored by Takashi Okamoto and Keiko Hakoda, Minerva Shobo, 2019)