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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

East Asian Studies
Research Associate in Japanese Studies
Email address: 
+44 (0)1223 335171

Dr Joshua Batts is Research Associate in Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge. 

Research interests: 

Dr. Batts’ research explores the dynamics between early modern Japanese and world history. His current research project examines Tokugawa Japan’s attempts to establish direct, trans-Pacific trade with Spanish America in the early seventeenth century. Drawing on archives in Europe and Japan, the project uses this little-known case study to reevaluate the nature of diplomacy and the various frictions inhibiting encounter in the early modern world. Dr. Batts is also developing a project on mining and minting in Tokugawa Japan and its connection to contemporary narratives of industrial, national, and global heritage.


Pacific Overtures: Tokugawa-Habsburg Relations and the Limits of Diplomacy, 1600–1625 (forthcoming, completed manuscript under review) (2022)

Articles, Book Chapters etc

Keichō ken’ō shisetsu [“The Keichō Embassy to Europe”] Yōgakushi kenkyū jiten [Encyclopedia of Research on Western Learning] (2021)
Coins and Commerce Prof Karl F. Friday (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Premodern Japanese History (2017)