In Memoriam: Nicholas V. Riasanovsky Added July 17, 2014
Intellectual Historian and Historian of Russia, Recipient of the AHA's Award for Scholarly Distinction Nicholas Riasanovsky, who died on May 14, 2011, after a long illness, may be the best known historian of Russia of the last half-century, thanks to his widely read textbook, A History of Russia , which has appeared in eight revised editions since 1962 (with translations into many languages). But his contributions to scholarship embrace a larger body of research and writing, including seven ...
In Memoriam: Daniel R. Brower Added July 17, 2014
Daniel R. Brower, historian of Russia, Europe, and the modern world, died on February 27, 2007. He is survived by his wife Françoise and his daughters Caroline and Valerie and their families. A well-attended commemorative gathering of March 18, 2007, on the University of Californais at Davis campus recalled Dan Brower as father and husband, friend, teacher, and scholar. He was a member of the UC-Davis Department of History for 38 years, retiring in July 2006. As a lecturer, the creative...
In Memoriam: Sin Ming Chiu Added July 17, 2014
Sin Ming Chiu, for nearly 30 years a professor of Chinese history at Temple University in Philadelphia, succumbed to a degenerative muscular disease this past February 15, 2007. Born in Taishan, Guangdong Province, China, on October 18, 1923, he received his early education in Hong Kong before fleeing the Japanese occupation of the region. Originally contemplating a career in medicine, he came to the United States in 1949. As a student at Indiana University he became interested in history, re...
In Memoriam: Edward L. Dreyer Added July 17, 2014
Edward L. Dreyer, professor of history at the University of Miami, died on June 29, 2007, from complications of pneumonia compounded by the belated discovery of esophageal cancer. Born in 1940 in San Diego, California, Ed Dreyer graduated from Harvard with a BA in history in 1961, later an MA, and, in 1971, his PhD with a dissertation on "The Emergence of Chu Yuan-chang, 1360–65," irected by John Fairbank and Lien-sheng Yang. Ed Dreyer possessed unusual language capabilities, reading C...
Masters at the Movies, Take 19 Added July 17, 2014
The AHA's "Masters at the Movies" series invites distinguished scholars in the history profession to comment on the impact of film in their lives and in their teaching and research. In this issue Poshek Fu, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, reflects on the films he viewed in Hong Kong during his formative years . Fu recalls that these movies contained strong entertainment value, but they were not ideologically innocent. In subtle but significant ways Hong ...
South Asia at the AHA--Then and Now Added July 17, 2014
as the first in this role with a major interest in South Asia, I’d like in this column to write about one specific corner of our larger enterprise. Not surprisingly the traces of South Asia are... deals very little with either South Asia (“the Indian subcontinent”) or any dimension of... South Asia as a distinctive field of historical study in the United States, however, did not begin... participation of most South Asia historians. Accommodating South (and Southeast) Asia, necessitated, in fact, a reorientation for the AAS since American interest in Asia, from trade to missionaries to culture, had long focused on China and Japan. Indeed, for many Americans, “Asia” long meant “East Asia,” and when the AAS was founded in 1941, it seemed reasonable to name its organ... demarcations are confusing. “South Asia” is sometimes equated with Southern Asia, a term that more typically embraces South Asia as well as “Southeast Asia.” Many Americans for whom the
In Memoriam: John W. Witek Added July 17, 2014
Historian of Jesuit missions in China The Department of History at Georgetown University reports with sadness the death of Father John W. Witek, S.J., professor of East Asian history. He was 76 years old. A warm and generous man as well as a formidable scholar, he will be missed by his colleagues and students. Fr. Witek is best known in the field as a historian of the Jesuit missions in China. His major monographic works on the subject are Controversial Ideas in China and in Europe: A Bio...
In Memoriam: Robert James Young Added July 17, 2014
Researcher of English East India and Dutch East India Companies Robert James Young (1937–2010) died on February 4, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Young was a professor in the history department at West Chester University for 35 years, from 1965 until his retirement in 2002, while simultaneously affiliated with the South Asia Regional Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania for 20 years. Young received his MA and PhD in history (1960 and 1970 respectively) from the University of Pennsylvania. He concentrated on Asian history with a specialization in South Asia. Throughout his career, he had numerous extended stays in India starting with an early educational support project at Osmania University in Hyderabad under the auspices of the Peace Corps (1962–64), as Senior Fulbright Researcher (1986), director of several Fulbright Group Projects, and as consultant to numerous India oriented Programs. At one time or another, he was a
Teaching Tiananmen Added July 17, 2014
With more than two decades of hindsight, it has become clear that 1989 marked a key turning point in world history. It is now possible to analyze the momentous events of 1989 in a historical fashion, and also to teach history classes about them. In fall 2010, 19 students in an undergraduate history seminar at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia embarked on a group writing project about the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Their original compositions were published at the end of the te...
Cinema, Cold War, and Hong Kong Films Added July 17, 2014
around Asia the superiority of the American way of life. In fact, I remember how shocked I was... As relations between the United States and China were normalized, a chapter of the Cold War in Asia