Online Lecture "Pick up and Pass the 'Baton'"
Held on 2021

Online Lecture "Pick up and Pass the 'Baton'"

The age of Adam Smith and Wiliam Hogarth [JP]
Shinji Nohara


In early modern Europe, figures who shaped modern scholarship emerged, among them Adam Smith, the famous founder of economics. After the Meiji Restoration, their knowledge became the foundation for Japan's modernization. By embracing Western knowledge and scholarship, Japan sought to become a nation on par with the West.

Considered the man who could reveal the secret of Western economic growth, Adam Smith attracted much interest. For this reason, Inazo Nitobe purchased Smith's old collections and donated them to the University of Tokyo. Later, Professor Kazuo Okochi, who also served as President of the University of Tokyo, purchased prints by William Hogarth, which symbolically represented Western culture, and added them to this collection. Thus this research group investigates the reception of Western European knowledge in Japan.

- This lecture was conducted only in Japanese.
The University of Tokyo Graduate school of Economics / Associate Professor

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