This paper uses key episodes from the transpacific history of one of Meiji Japan's most famous steamships, the Newcastle-built Yamashiro-maru (1884-1910), to pose a question fundamental to the practices of history but complicated by the discipline's "global turn", namely: What is the global history archive? Where should historians look for that archive? How can it be read along and against the grain? And how might the history of a ship help shape new research agendas in the fields of modern Japanese and global history?
Martin Dusinberre is Professor and Chair for Global History at the University of Zurich. After completing his DPhil in Modern Japanese History at the University of Oxford (2008) under the supervision of the late Ann Waswo, he worked at Newcastle and Heidelberg universities before taking up his current position in 2015. He researches the interface of migration, imperial and global histories.
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