Shigeru Akita, IHS visiting researcher, awarded Japan’s prestigious Yoshino Sakuzo Prize
Posted: July 18, 2013
Professor Akita's photo in front of Garrison Hall appeared in Daily Yomiuri, which has a readership of over 14 million
Shigeru Akita, Professor of British Imperial History and Global History at the Graduate School of Letters at Osaka University, has been awarded Japan’s prestigious Yoshino Sakuzo Prize for his book The History of the British Empire (Igirisu Teikoku no Rekishi), published by Chuo Koron Shinsha. He is now preparing an English translation, entitled The History of the British Empire from Asian Perspectives.
The prize, sponsored by the Daily Yomiuri, Japan's largest newspaper, recognizes the best book published in Japan in the past year in the fields of politics, economics, and history. It includes a monetary award of 3 million yen (approximately $30,000).
Professor Akita was a visiting research associate at the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History at UT Austin this spring, where he took part in UT’s global history initiative and worked on his current project about international aid policies for India in the late 1950s and 1960s.
In Japan, Professor Akita leads a multi-university research team to promote teaching and research in the field of global history. His many publications include The British Empire and the International Order of Asia (in Japanese) (Nagoya University Press: Nagoya, 2003), and The International Order of Asia in the 1930s and 1950s (London: Ashgate, 2010), co-edited with Nick White. He also edited the prize-winning volume Gentlemanly Capitalism, Imperialism and Global History (London and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002).
Professor Mark Metzler, who hosted his visit at UT, said, “Professor Akita is a leader among a new generation of Japanese historians who are developing global history in Japan and bringing fresh Japanese perspectives to the English-speaking world. It’s been a great intellectual stimulus for us to have him here in Austin.”