Thomas Conlan

Thomas Conlan, Professor of East Asian Studies and History, is interested in the political, social and intellectual transformations of Japan from the eleventh through the sixteenth centuries. Majoring in Japanese and History at the University of Michigan, he attended graduate school at Stanford University. Professor Conlan’s first published work, In Little Need of Divine Intervention: Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan, introduced an important picture scroll depicting the Mongol invasions of Japan. His next monograph, State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth Century Japan, based on his Ph.D. dissertation, revealed how warfare transformed the social, political, and intellectual matrix of fourteenth-century Japan. He then wrote a general history of the samurai, entitled Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior, 1200-1877, which was revised and reprinted as Samurai Warrior Weapons and Fighting Techniques. He also completed a translation of Samurai and the Warrior Culture of Japan: A Sourcebook 471-1877.  In his, From Sovereign to Symbol: An Age of Ritual Determinism in Fourteenth Century Japan, Professor Conlan analyzed the nature of political thought in medieval Japan.  Finally, in his forthcoming manuscript, Kings in All but Name: The Lost History of Ōuchi Rule in Japan 1350-1569 (Oxford), Conlan argues that the Ōuchi, a daimyō of western Japan, were the central figures of their age. 

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

Multimedia Projects

Thatch Roofer and Mayor in Meiji Japan
Suruga Date Collection
Mongol Annotated
Thatch Roofer and Mayor in Meiji Japan Suruga Date Collection
The Kyoto Princeton Project 
Annotated Mongol Scrolls website
     
Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan Scrolls of the Heiji Disturbance
Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan

Scrolls of the Heiji Disturbance

Version of the Heiji Scrolls using Flash

Japanese Documents (Komonjo)​
     
Tannowa
Onin War
Kishōmon: Four oaths and five invocations
Tannowa Collection
The Kyoto Princeton Project
The Ōnin War: Visualizing 12 Years of
War in Japan, 1465-78
Kishōmon: Four oaths and five invocations

 

Monographs

1. From Sovereign to Symbol: An Age of Ritual Determinism in Fourteenth Century Japan
2. Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877
3. State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth Century Japan
4. In Little Need of Divine Intervention: Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan
5. 図説 戦国時代 武器・防具・戦術百科
6. Samurai Warrior Weapons and Fighting Techniques
7. Samurai and the Warrior Culture of Japan: A Sourcebook, 471-1877