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An EAA Interview with Professor Steven Ericson on Japan in World History: 1750–1914

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Steven Ericson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Chair of the interdisciplinary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program at Dartmouth College. He received his BA from Michigan State University and his masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard. At Dartmouth, he teaches a survey of modern Japanese history, upper level courses on Japan’s history since World War II and on imperialism and colonialism in modern East Asia, and seminars on “Shogun and Samurai: Japan in the Age of the Warrior,” on popular protest and rebellion in modern East Asia, and on the US occupation of Japan, 1945–1952. He has authored The Sound of the Whistle: Railroads and the State in Meiji Japan (Harvard Council on East Asian Studies, 1996) and coedited, with Allen Hockley, The Treaty of Portsmouth and Its Legacies (University Press of New England, 2008). His ongoing research is on the Matsukata financial reform of the 1880s. Of interest to teachers, he has written “The Industrial Revolution in the Twentieth Century, with a Focus on Japan and the East Asian Followers,” OAH Magazine of History, 15: Fall 2000, 24–29; “Literature in the Japanese History Classroom,” Education About Asia, 6: Spring 2001, 48–51; and, with Mark Jones, “Social and Economic Change in Prewar Japan,” in A Companion to Japanese History, edited by William M. Tsutsui (Blackwell, 2006).