Conrad Totman

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Conrad Davis Totman (born January 5, 1934) is an American historian, academic, writer, translator and Japanologist.[1] Totman was a Professor Emeritus at Yale University.[2]

Early life[edit]

Totman was born in Conway, Massachusetts, he studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; and he earned a Ph.D. in Asian history at Harvard University in 1964.[1] He enlisted in the army in 1953, he served with the 8th Preventive Medicine Control Detachment in South Korea arriving 5 June 1954, just after the Korean War.


Totman taught Japanese history at the University of California at Santa Barbara, at Northwestern University, and Yale, he retired from Yale in 1997.[1]

Select works[edit]

Totman's published writings encompass 39 works in 145 publications in 4 languages and 7,885 library holdings.[3]

  • Politics in the Tokugawa bakufu, 1600-1843, 1967
  • The collapse of the Tokugawa bakufu, 1862-1868, 1980
  • Japan before Perry: a short history, 1981
  • Tokugawa Ieyasu, shogun: a biography, 1983
  • The origins of Japan's modern forests: the case of Akita, 1985
  • The green archipelago: forestry in preindustrial Japan, 1989
  • Tokugawa Japan: the social and economic antecedents of modern Japan, 1990
  • Early Modern Japan, 1993
  • The lumber industry in early modern Japan, 1995
  • A History of Japan, 2000
  • Pre-industrial Korea and Japan in environmental perspective, 2004
  • Japan's imperial forest, Goryorin, 1889-1945: with a supporting study of the Kan/Min division of woodland in early Meiji Japan, 1871-76, 2007


  1. ^ a b c Conrad Totman Papers (MS 447). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst; retrieved 2013-3-22.
  2. ^ Yale University, Conrad Totman; retrieved 2013-3-22.
  3. ^ WorldCat Identities Archived December 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine: Toman, Conrad D.

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