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,
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.