Dr. Peter Shapinsky

Peter Shapinsky

Professor of History
Ph.D. History
University of Michigan

Email: pshap2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-6595
Office: UHB 3057

Teaching Concentration: Premodern and Modern East Asian history (China, Japan, Korea); “From Vikings to Hackers: A Pirate’s World History,” “Pacific War: World War II in Asia;”  “Samurai in history and romance;” Historiography.

Research Interests:

Cartography, knowledge networks, and conceptualizations of space in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century East Asia; early modern global networks of exchange and cross-cultural interaction; maritime exchange in premodern East Asia; pirates and outlawry in East Asian and comparative contexts; gender history of Japan and East Asia.  Here are some useful resources for doing Medieval Japanese Maritime History.

Select Publications:

Lords of the Sea: Pirates, Violence, and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan (Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2014).

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 Japanese Pirates and the East Asian Maritime World, 1200–1600,” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History, edited by David Ludden (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019) doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190277727.013.63.

“Court & Countryside: Landholding & Provincial Governance, 1200-1600,” Routledge Handbook of Premodern Japanese History (London: Routledge, 2017), 138-156.

“The World from the Waterline,” in Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps, edited by Kären Wigen, Sugimoto Fumiko, and Cary Karacas (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), 16-19.

“Envoys and Escorts: Representation and Performance among Koxinga’s Japanese Pirate Ancestors,” in Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in Global History, 1550–1700, edited by Tonio Andrade and Xing Hang (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2016), 38-64

“Polyvocal Portolans: Nautical Charts and Hybrid Maritime Cultures in Early Modern East Asia,” Early Modern Japan XIV (2006): 4-26.