Ian Nish

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Ian Nish

Ian Hill Nish CBE (born 3 June 1926) is a British academic, a specialist in Japanese studies, and Emeritus Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).[1] He is an expert on the Anglo-Japanese Alliance and Japanese foreign policy.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Nish was born in Edinburgh in 1926.

World War II gave opportunity to many young non-Japanese to become specialists in Japanese studies; and Ian Nish was one of them..[3]

He studied at the School of Japanese Studies in Simla and Karachi in British India.[3]

He earned a master's degree (M.A.) at the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded a doctorate degree (Ph.D.) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.[3]

Career[change | change source]

Nish taught in the history department of the University of Sydney from 1957 to 1962.[3]

From 1962 through 1991, Nish taught at the London School of Economics in London.[3] He retired in 1991.

Selected works[change | change source]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Ian Nish, OCLC/WorldCat includes roughly 200+ works in 300+ publications in 4 languages and 7,000+ library holdings.[4]

  • Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits (1994), with James Hoare
  • The History of Anglo-Japanese Relations: The Political-diplomatic Dimension (2000)
  • The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-5] (2003)

Honours[change | change source]

Nish argues that "a foreign scholar of Japan is often only a middleman attempting to distill the ideas of Japanese scholars".[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. LSE: Ian Nish[permanent dead link]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation: Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits, book launch. Archived 2007-10-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Kenrick, Vivienne. "Personality Profile: Ian Nish,"[permanent dead link] Japan Times. September 18, 2004 -- May '08.
  4. WorldCat Identities: Nish, Ian Hill
  5. Nish, Ian Hill (2001). Collected Writings of Ian Nish. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-1-873410-60-8.
  6. Japan Academy, Honorary member Archived 2008-09-19 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Japan Foundation Award, 1991

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