Koji Yamamoto

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Koji Yamamoto
The University of Tokyo
Faculty of Economics Department of Business Administration
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Koji is an assistant professor in business history at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo. Previously he has held postdoctoral positions at King's College London, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Cambridge, and was a recipient of a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship between 2012 and 2014. His first monograph, provisionally entitled "Taming Capitalism before its Triumph: Projecting, Public Service and Distrust in Early Modern England" will be published by the Oxford University Press. He has been working on another book project on the South Sea Bubble of 1720. His other projects include an edited volume on the comparative analysis of stereotypes across politics, religion, economy and science in early modern England; and a journal special issue on morality and the market in Europe before the Industrial Revolution.

Research Areas


Books etc

Taming Capitalism before its Triumph: Public Service, Distrust, and 'Projecting' in Early Modern England
Koji Yamamoto
Oxford University Press   Apr 2018   ISBN:9780198739173
Early modern England had a distinctive preoccupation with the social responsibilities of private businesses. This book explores for the first time how promises of public service in the economic sphere came to be abused, and how statesmen, playwrig...

Published Papers

Koji Yamamoto
Grietje Baars and Adré Spicer (eds.), The Corporation: A Critical, Interdisciplinary Handbook (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)   226-237   2017   [Refereed][Invited]
Marie Thébeaud-Sorger and Koji Yamamoto
L'Europe des sciences et des techniques XVe-XVIIIe siècle: un dialogue des savoirs   125-132   2016   [Invited]
This is an invited contribution to the French textbook on the History of Science in early modern Europe, designed for those intending to take the history of science as part of their agrégation exam.
Koji Yamamoto
Le Crisi Finanziarie: Gestione, Implicazioni Sociali e Conseguenze nell'Età Preindustriale (Series: Fondazione Istituto internazionale di storia economica "F. Datini")   327-357   May 2016   [Refereed]
One key question over the South Sea Bubble of 1720 has been whether or not it was a ‘rational’ bubble as economists would now define it. The underlying analytic dichotomy between 'rational' and 'irrational' bubble seems to have hit a point of dimi...
Koji Yamamoto
Guillaume Garnar (ed.), Die Ökonomie des Privilegs, Westeuropa, 16-19 Jahrhundert   181-198   Apr 2016   [Invited]
Koji Yamamoto
British Journal for the History of Science   48(4) 607-637   Dec 2015   [Refereed]
Vlad Glaveanu and Koji Yamamoto
Integrative Psychological and Behavioural Science   46 431-439   Dec 2012   [Refereed]
Koji Yamamoto
Historical Journal   55(June) 375-397   Jun 2012   [Refereed]
Koji Yamamoto
English Historical Review   126 806-834   Aug 2011   [Refereed]
'Distrust, Innovation and Public Service: "Projecting" in Early Modern England'
Koji Yamamoto
University of York      Sep 2009   [Refereed]

Academic & Professional Experience

Oct 2018
Associate Professor of Business History, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo
Apr 2016
Sep 2018
Associate Professor of Business History, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo
Oct 2014
Jan 2016
Postdoctoral researcher (ERC-funded), CRASSH, University of Cambridge
Sep 2012
Oct 2014
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Histor, King's College London
Sep 2011
Jun 2012
Newby Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh
Sep 2010
Aug 2011
Teaching Fellow, School of History, University of St Andrews
Sep 2009
Aug 2010
Tawnew Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, King's College London


Oct 2005
Sep 2009
Department of History, University of York
Oct 2003
Sep 2004
Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York
Apr 1999
Mar 2003
Depart of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Keio University

Awards & Honors

May 2012
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, British Academy
Jul 2010
Coleman Thesis Prize (finalist), Association of Business Historians (UK)


Private Sectors and the Future of Japanese Urban Landscape: A Historical Perspective
Koji Yamamoto
Journal of Architecture and Building Science   134(1725) 36-36   Jun 2019   [Invited]
Koji Yamamoto
British Art Studies   (2)    Jun 2016   [Invited]
Book review of Nuala Zahedieh, The Capital and the Colonies (Cambridge, 2010)
Koji Yamamoto
Journal of Modern History   84 472-474   2012   [Invited]
Book review of Maximillian E. Novak (ed.), The Age of Projects (Toronto, 2008)
Koji Yamamoto
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies   34 138-139   2011

Research Grants & Projects

Money, Responsibility and Stereotypes: Behavioural Foundations of the South Sea Bubble
British Academy: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Project Year: Sep 2012 - Aug 2015    Investigator(s): Koji Yamamoto
Gamble, Investment, or Public Service? The first Duke of Chandos during the South Sea Bubble, 1719-1721
Huntington Library (CA, USA): Andrew Mellon Fellowship (1 month)
Project Year: May 2012 - Jun 2012    Investigator(s): Koji Yamamoto

Social Contribution

[Lecturer]  DELTA Project Workshop  11 Jul 2019
[Contribution]  Architectural Institute of Japan  Journal of architecture and building science  Jun 2019
Markets, Welfare and the Public Good in the Emerging Capitalist Society
[Lecturer]  Keio University  31 May 2019
[Interviewee]  IBM Japan  IBM Japan Think Business  Aug 2018
Appearance in "Japanese dilemma: capitalism's dilemma"
[TV or radio appearance]  NHK Educational TV  Japan  30 Jun 2018
[TV or radio appearance]  Tokyo Humanities Project  Tokyo Humanities Cafe Vol. 2  (Good Havens Bar)  12 Sep 2017
[TV or radio appearance]  TEDx Tokyo  TEDxTokyo yz ver. 2.0  Oct 2011