Thomas P. Barrett (白瑞唐 / トーマス・バレット)


Magdalen College


DPhil in Oriental Studies


Educational Background:

MA, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

BA, Faculty of Modern Chinese Studies, Aichi University

Research Interests:

Thomas is an AHRC-funded DPhil candidate in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. Before moving to Oxford to work with Professor Henrietta Harrison, Thomas began his PhD at the University of Tokyo, where he was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science DC2 Research Fellow. His specialism lies in the international, diplomatic and transnational history of East Asia, with his current focus being that of late Qing China. His DPhil thesis seeks to evaluate the significance of Western middlemen who were employed in late Qing and early Republican China’s legations and consulates, as a means to trace the professionalisation and institutionalisation of Western European diplomatic culture and practice in the early modern Chinese context. Parts of the project have been published in the renowned Japanese journals Shigaku Zasshi 史学雑誌 and Tōyō Gakuhō 東洋学報, and in an edited French volume published in October 2021 by the École française d'Extrême-Orient.

Thomas is also an active academic translator, working with both the Japanese and Chinese languages. The project he was most recently involved with was the English-language version of Okamoto Takashi, ed., A World History of Suzerainty: A Modern History of East and West Asia and Translated Concepts (Tokyo: Toyo Bunko, 2019) (岡本隆司編『宗主権の世界史――東西アジアの近代と翻訳概念』名古屋大学出版会、2014年), in which feature his translations of chapters by Okamoto Takashi and Morita Yoshihiko.

Thomas is also a member of two professionally funded research groups that are affiliated with the Toyo Bunko (Oriental Library) in Tokyo, Japan. The first of these is the Morrison Pamphlets Research Group, which strives to develop original scholarship using the extensive collection of pamphlets amassed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by the Australian George Ernest Morrison, Times journalist and advisor to Yuan Shikai, which are in the library's possession. The second of these is the Henri Cordier Research Group, which aims to raise awareness of the scholarly importance of French sinologist Henri Cordier's book collection, which the library recently acquired.

Thomas also previously served as a convenor of the Oxford International History of East Asia Seminar series, held termly at the University's China Centre.

For an overview of Thomas’ publications and translations, please see his Academia page here. 業績の詳細については、researchmapのページをご覧ください。

Recent Publications:

トーマス・バレット「D.B.マッカーティと「琉球処分」問題——清朝在外公館における外国人館員の私的活動とその意義をめぐって」『史学雑誌』第131編第2号、2022年、pp.1-38。[Thomas P. Barrett, 'Qing Legation Members as Private Diplomatic Actors: D.B. McCartee’s Role in the Sino-Japanese Dispute over the Ryukyu Annexation', Shigaku Zasshi 131, no. 2 (2022): 1-38]

Thomas P. Barrett, ‘Un pont entre les mondes: les diplomaties de l’ombre de Halliday Macartney au temps de la guerre franco-chinoise’, in D’un Empire, l’autre : Premières Rencontres Entre La France et Le Japon au XIXe Siècle, ed. François Lachaud and Martin Nogueira Ramos (Paris: EFEO, 2021), 275-302.

トーマス・バレット「清朝在外公館における西洋人スタッフの外交活動に関する考察——清仏戦争時のハリデー・マカートニーの活動を中心に」『東洋学報』第100巻第3号、2018年、pp.59-93。 [Thomas P. Barrett, ‘The Role of Western Staff in Qing China's Legations: Halliday Macartney and the Sino-French War’, Tōyō Gakuhō 100, no. 3 (2018): 59-93]

Thomas Barrett