Conrad Totman

historian from the United States

Conrad Davis Totman (born January 5, 1934) is an American historian, academic, writer, translator and Japan studies expert.[1] Totman is a retired professor at Yale University.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Totman was born in Conway, Massachusetts. He studied at the University of Massachusetts. He was granted a Ph.D. in Asian history at Harvard University in 1964.[1]


Totman taught Japanese history at the University of California at Santa Barbara, at Northwestern University, and at Yale. He retired from Yale in 1997.[1]

Select worksEdit

In an overview of writings by and about Totman, OCLC/WorldCat lists roughly 30+ works in 140+ publications in 4 languages and 7,800+ library holdings.[3]

  • Politics in the Tokugawa bakufu, 1600-1843, 1967
  • The collapse of the Tokugawa bakufu, 1862-1868, 1980
  • Japan before Perry: a short history, 1981
  • Tokugawa Ieyasu, shogun: a biography, 1983
  • The origins of Japan's modern forests: the case of Akita, 1985
  • The green archipelago: forestry in preindustrial Japan, 1989
  • Tokugawa Japan: the social and economic antecedents of modern Japan, 1990
  • Early Modern Japan, 1993
  • The lumber industry in early modern Japan, 1995
  • A History of Japan, 2000
  • Pre-industrial Korea and Japan in environmental perspective, 2004
  • Japan's imperial forest, Goryorin, 1889-1945: with a supporting study of the Kan/Min division of woodland in early Meiji Japan, 1871-76, 2007


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Conrad Totman Papers (MS 447). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst; retrieved 2013-3-22.
  2. Yale University, Conrad Totman; retrieved 2013-3-22.
  3. WorldCat Identities: Totman, Conrad D.

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