Adam Clulow

  • Adam Clulow is a historian of Tokugawa Japan although his current work is concerned more broadly with the maritime history of early modern Asia.  His research focuses especially on the early history of the Dutch East India Company and its varied interactions with Asian states.

    Clulow’s first book, The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014 and received the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction 2015 Book Prize.  He is currently working on a new book tentatively titled An Affair so Bloody: Conspiracy, Torture and the Amboyna Incident of 1623.

    His work has appeared in Monumenta Nipponica, the Journal of World History, the Journal of Early Modern History, Itinerario and other journals.  He has received grants and awards from the Australian Research Council, the Fung Global Fellows Program at Princeton University, the Japan Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  Clulow has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University (2013-4), the University of Tokyo (2009-10, 2005-6) and Cambridge University (2005).

    He hold degrees from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and Niigata University in Japan, and received his PhD in East Asian History from Columbia University in 2008.  Clulow has taught at Monash since 2008.  For a full academic CV, see here: Clulow current CV

  • Adam Clulow has been awarded the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction 2015 Book Prize for his book The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Columbia University Press, 2014). The book prize committee — chaired by Alison Games (Georgetown University) and including Giancarlo Casale (McGill University) and Kris Lane (Tulane University) —  praised ... Read more