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by Jessica McDunn University Relations


HPU history professor and director of the International Exchange and Study Abroad program Dr. Jon Davidann has done a new study of Cultural Diplomacy in U.S.-Japanese Relations, 1919-1941.

In the book, Davidann presents a study of unofficial diplomacy from 1919-1941, addressing the deeply rooted path to World War II. The book examines cultural perceptions on both sides, the role of public opinion, and the deterioration of Japanese-American relations on both the individual and cultural levels.

“ There exist numerous studies of the origins of Pearl Harbor and of mutual images across the Pacific,” said Professor Emeritus of History at Harvard University, Dr. Akira Iriye, “and no scholar has examined the English-language material in the two countries as thoroughly as Professor Davidann.”

Davidann has also authored A World of Crisis and Progress: The American YMCA in Japan, 1890-1930 and is co-editor of Trans-Pacific Relations: America, Europe, and Asia in the Twentieth Century.



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