Three distinct features define the Western History Program within the Department of History: (1) small class sizes that allow for individual guidance, (2) training to develop skills in analyzing primary sources and historical viewpoints, and (3) historical research from an interdisciplinary point of view. In the master’s program, students acquire basic knowledge by reading primary sources and basic research literature.

In the doctoral program, students leverage the basic knowledge they have acquired to further develop advanced research skills. We aim to train researchers through dissertation preparation. Research in the Western History Program covers a vast range of time and space, from ancient to modern. Different research topics require different skills and abilities, so unlike in the undergraduate course, the doctoral program in particular is most successful when the research fields of the student and the supervisor are closely related. Faculty members' research interests include medieval Britain, the medieval Western Church, 20th-century Spanish culture, modern Spanish society and culture, modern Germany and Yugoslavia, early modern Swiss society, and ancient Roman society and economy.



Department/Specialty/Research Interest/Publication

  • KANZAKI, Tadaaki

    Western History
    Western Medieval History

    I am an agnostic who wondered and still wonders at the Christian believers. My main interest is what and why the medieval Europeans believed what they did. Reading especially the writings of the medieval religious, I want to understand their frame of their mind. Also what interests me is how a modern way of thinking emerged out of the theocentric solution at the close of the middle ages.

    • ジャン・ルクレール『修道院文化入門:学問への愛と神への希求』(共訳、知泉書館、2004)
    • 『ヨーロッパの中世』(慶應義塾大学出版会、2015)
    • 『断絶と新生:中近世ヨーロッパとイスラームの信仰・思想・統治』(編著、慶應義塾大学出版会、2016)
  • SAKATA, Sachiko

    Foreign Languages
    Spanish Language and Literature

    My primary research area is 20th-century Spanish literature, in particular the avant-garde movement called "Ultraísmo". I am specifically interested in its socio-cultural aspects and its relationship to other arts.

    • 「テオフィル・ゴーチエ、1840年のスペイン旅行」(宮崎揚弘編『続・ヨーロッパ世界と旅』法政大学出版局、2001)
    • 「越境を生きたスペイン女性作家たち -ルシーア・サンチェス・サオルニルとマリア・テレサ・レオン-」(モダニズム研究会編『モダニズムの越境-Ⅱ』人文書院、2002)
    • 「おてんば少女の輝いた時代 -スペイン女性作家たちによる児童小説-」(柴田陽弘編『文学の子どもたち』慶應義塾大学出版会、2004)
    • 『ウルトライスモ -マドリードの前衛文学運動-』国書刊行会、2010.
    • 『初歩のスペイン語('13)』(共著)、放送大学教育振興会、2013.
  • SHIMIZU, Akiko

    Western History
    Modern German History and History of Yugoslavia

    My main research interest is the contemporary history of Germany and its relation to Southeast Europe (Serbia and Croatia) in the twentieth century. My particular focus is on racism and nationalism as well as ethnic formation and conflicts in the interwar period during the Second World War and the disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. My book (in German) German Occupation of the Serbian Banat during 1941-1944 explored in the context of National Socialism the formative process which lead to the development of the ethnic groups. Further, I am interested in the treatment of these processes in the media and historiography.

    • Die deutsche Okkupation des serbischen Banats 1941-1944 unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der deutschen Volksgruppe in Jugoslawien (Münster: Lit-Verlag, 2003) 487pp.
    • 「バルカンにおける負の連鎖−ボスニア内戦を中心に」『「対テロ戦争」の時代の平和構築−過去からの視点,未来への展望』(東信堂,2008年)
    • 「ナチス・ドイツ傀儡『クロアチア独立国』のセルビア人虐殺(1941〜42年)」および「クロアチア『祖国戦争』と『民族浄化』(1991〜95年)」『大量虐殺の社会史−戦慄の20世紀』(ミネルヴァ書房,2007年)
    • 「ボスニア紛争のメカニズム−多民族社会の再建に向けて」『紛争現場からの平和構築−国際刑事司法の役割と課題』(東信堂,2007年)
    • K.カーザー『ハプスブルク軍政国境の社会史』(共訳、学術出版、2013)
  • NONOSE, Koji

    Western History
    History of the Swiss Reformation, History of Rural Society in Switzerland

    My special field of my research is the history of the Swiss Reformation, especially the history of rural society in Switzerland. To understand close interrelations between the Reformation and the German Peasants' War properly, I have analyzed the influence of the theological doctrines of the reformers upon European rural society during the first century of the Reformation in detail. I concentrated heavily on both the conjunction between religion and society and the various changes in the rural lives of the Common man. As primary sources, I have used many contemporary documents, particularly grievances and articles of the village commune over lordship, serfdom, tithe and heriot in the German Peasants' War. I attempted to reveal the essence of "the laws of God" for the Common man. More recently I have started research on religion and politics in the Swiss cities during the Reformation.

    • 『ドイツ農民戦争と宗教改革:近世スイス史の一断面』(慶應義塾大学出版会、2000)
    • 「ドイツ農民戦争期におけるチューリヒの農奴制問題について」(『西洋史学』197号、2000)
    • 「宗教改革者と農奴制:ベルンの再洗礼派の例を中心にして 」(『西洋史学』212号、2004)
    • 『宗教改革と農奴制:スイスと西南ドイツの人格的支配』(慶應義塾大学出版会、2013)
    • 浅見雅一氏との共編著『キリスト教と寛容:中近世の日本とヨーロッパ』(慶應義塾大学出版会、2019年2月28日公刊、総数277頁)。
  • YAMAMICHI, Yoshiko

    Western History
    Modern Spanish (Catalan) History

    My current research theme covers the silk industry of Barcelona from the second half of the 18th century to the first half of the 19th century, in particular, the silk-stocking trade of that period. Through the systematic studies of historical documents such as testaments, inventories post-mortem and marriage settlements of such craftsmen and of their wives and widows, I seek to shed light on the changes to their lives and labor on the eve of the industrialization: how their working styles and family structures changed, how their lifestyle culture and mentality changed, and how they tried to survive that period of transformation.

    • 『近代都市バルセロナの形成:都市空間・芸術家・パトロン』(共著、慶應義塾大学出版会、2009)
    • 「ギルド社会における職業と家族:産業革命前夜のバルセローナにおける絹産業」(『スペイン史研究』28号、2014)
    • 「「ギルドの再評価」と徒弟制度:産業革命前夜のバルセローナにおける絹産業(1770年−1834年)を一例として」(『史学』第87巻、第1•2号、2017)
    • 『概説近代スペイン文化史』(第3章 王政復古期の文化、第16章 スポーツの文化史 担当)(共著、ミネルヴァ書房、2015)
    • "Los fabricantes de medias de seda de la Barcelona pre-industrial, 1770-1808 ", À. Solà (ed.), Artesanos, gremios y género en el sur de Europa (siglos XVI-XIX) , Universitat de Barcelona/Icaria, 2019.
  • YOSHITAKE, Kenji

    Western History
    European Medieval History (English Medieval History)

    I have been working on the English government and politics in the twelfth century. Although my main concern is royal government, I am also interested in the relationship between the kingship and the ecclesiastical authority that gave legitimacy to the royal rule.

    • E.キング『中世のイギリス』(監訳)(慶應義塾大学出版会、2006)
    • B.ハーヴェー編『12・13世紀』〈オックスフォード ブリテン諸島の歴史 4巻〉(監訳)(慶應義塾大学出版会、2012)
    • The Place of Government in Transition: Winchester, Westminster and London in the Mid-12th Century', in Rulership and Rebellion in the Anglo-Norman World, ed.P.Dalton and D. Luscombe (Farnham, 2015)