Interpolity Law, with Lauren Benton, (Oxford University Press, under contract)

A Conspiracy Discovered (Columbia University Press, under contract)

The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Columbia University Press, 2014, reissued in paperback 2016)

Awarded: The Jerry Bentley Book Prize for World History (awarded by the American Historical Association); the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) 2015 Humanities Book Prize; the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction 2015 Book Prize; and the W.K. Hancock Prize from the Australian Historical Association


Adam Clulow and Tristan Mostert, The Dutch and English East India Companies: Diplomacy, Trade and Violence in Early Modern Asia (Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming)

Lauren Benton, Adam Clulow and Bain Attwood, eds., Protection and Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Statecraft and Spectacle in East Asia: Studies in Taiwan-Japan Relations (Routledge, 2010, reissued in paperback 2013)


Lauren Benton and Adam Clulow, “Empires and protection: Making interpolity law in the early modern world,” Journal of Global History 12.1 (2017): 74-92  

“The Art of Claiming: Possession and Resistance in Early Modern Asia,” The American Historical Review 121.1 (2016): 17-38.

“Finding the Balance: European Military Power in Early Modern Asia,” History Compass 13 (2015): 148–157.

“Commemorating Failure: The Four Hundredth Anniversary of England’s Trading Outpost in Japan,” Monumenta Nipponica, 68.2 (2013): 163-187

“Like lambs in Japan and devils outside their land: Violence, law and Japanese merchants in Southeast Asia,” Journal of World History 24.2 (2013): 335 -358

“The Pirate and the Warlord,” Journal of Early Modern History 16.2 (2012): 523-542.

Fuyuko Matsukata and Adam Clulow, “King Willem II’s 1844 Letter to the Shogun: ‘Recommendation to Open the Country’.” Monumenta Nipponica 66.1 (2011): 99-122.

“From Global Entrepôt to Early Modern Domain: Hirado, 1609-1641,” Monumenta Nipponica 61.1 (Spring 2010): 1-35

“A Fake Embassy, the Lord of Taiwan and Tokugawa Japan,” Japanese Studies 30, no. 1 (May 2010): 23-41 (republished in Statecraft and Spectacle in East Asia: Studies in Taiwan-Japan Relations, 2010, 2013)

“European Maritime Violence and Territorial States in Early Modern Asia, 1600-1650,” Itinerario, 33.3 (November 2009): 72-94

“The Pirate Returns: Historical Models, East Asia and the War against Somali Piracy” The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 25-3-09 (June 2009)

 “Unjust, Cruel and Barbarous Proceedings: Japanese Mercenaries and the Amboyna Incident of 1623,” Itinerario 31.1 (2007): 15-34

“Pirating in the Shogun’s Waters: The Dutch East India Company and the Santo Antonio incident,” Bulletin of Portuguese-Japanese History 13 (December 2006): 65-80.


“‘Great help from Japan’: The Dutch East India Company’s Experiment with Japanese Soldiers”, in Adam Clulow and Tristan Mostert, The Dutch and English East India Companies: Diplomacy, Trade and Violence in Early Modern Asia (Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming)

 “Dutch East India Company Relations with Tokugawa Japan”, in The Tokugawa World, edited by Gary Leupp (Routledge, forthcoming)

Gifts for the Shogun: The Dutch East India Company, Global Networks and Tokugawa Japan,” in Global Gifts: The Material Culture of Diplomacy in Early Modern Eurasia, edited by Giorgio Riello, Anne Gerritsen and Zoltán Biedermann (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Lauren Benton, and Adam Clulow, “Webs of protection and interpolity zones in the early modern world,” in Protection and Empire: A Global History, edited by Adam Clulow, Lauren Benton and Bain Attwood (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

“Determining the Law of the Sea: The Long History of the Breukelen Case, 1657-1662,” in Tonio Andrade and Xing Hang, ed. Sea Rovers, Silk, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in World History, 1500-1750 (University of Hawaii Press, 2016).

Lauren Benton and Adam Clulow, “Legal Encounters and the Origins of Global Law,” in Cambridge History of the World, Volume 6 (Cambridge University Press, 2015).


“How to Claim a Continent,” The Atlantic, October 2013,


Jesuit Diplomacy, Encyclopaedia of Diplomacy, forthcoming

Review of Xing Hang, Conflict and Commerce in Maritime East Asia: The Zheng Family and the Shaping of the Modern World, c. 1620-1720 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Gang Zhao, The Qing Opening to the Ocean: Chinese Maritime Policies, 1684–1757. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013 ) in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review.

Review of Rotem Kowner, From White to Yellow: The Japanese in European Racial Thought, 1300–1735 (Montreal:  McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014) in Monumenta Nipponica

Review of Kaushik Roy, Military Transition in Early Modern Asia, 1400-1750: Cavalry, Guns, Government and Ships (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), in Australian Journal of Politics and History

Review of G.G. Rowley, An Imperial Concubine’s Tale: Scandal, Shipwreck, and Salvation in 17th Century Japan (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), in Japanese Studies, 2014

Review of Lincoln Paine, The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (New York: Knopf, 2013), in H-World, 2014. (

Review of Peter Borschberg, Hugo Grotius, the Portuguese and Free Trade in the East Indies (Singapore: NUS Press, 2011) in Asian Studies Review, 2014

Review of Christina Lee ed, Western Visions of the Far East in a Transpacific Age, 1522–1657 (Farnham and Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2012) in Journal of Early Modern History, 2014

Review of Robert Hellyer, Defining Engagement: Japan and Global Contexts, 1640–1868 (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Asia Center) in Japanese Studies, 2012

Review of Nagazumi Yōko, ed. Large and Broad: The Dutch Impact on Early Modern Asia. Essays in Honor of Leonard Blussé (Tokyo: Toyo Bunko, 2010) in International Journal of Asian Studies, 2012

Review of Ulbe Bosma and Remco Raben, Being “Dutch” in the Indies (Singapore: NUS Press, 2008), in Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs 43.2 (2009): 249-253

Review of Oranda Fusetsugaki to Kinsei Nihon (Tokyo: Tokyo University Press 2007), in Itinerario 33.2 (July 2009): 104-106