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Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

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Name  Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

Role  Historian
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa wwwnewsucsbedusiteswwwnewsucsbedufilesst
Books  Racing the Enemy, The End of the Pacific War, The February revolution, Petrograd, 1917
Education  University of Washington, Washington University in St. Louis

A conversation with tsuyoshi hasegawa

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa (長谷川 毅, Hasegawa Tsuyoshi, born 23 February 1941, Tokyo, Japan) is an American historian specializing in modern Russian and Soviet history and the relations between Russia, Japan, and the United States. He taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was director of the Cold War Studies program, until his retirement in 2016.


Hasegawa was born in Tokyo and received his undergraduate education at Tokyo University. He studied international relations and Soviet history at University of Washington, where he earned his doctoral degree in 1969. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1976. Among his awards and fellowships are Fulbright-Hays Research Abroad (1976–77), NEH grant (2002–03), SSRC grant (2002–03), Rockefeller Belagio Center Fellowship (2011) and a Fulbright Fellowship (2012).

He is known for Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan (2005), a revisionist study of diplomacy and the end of the Pacific War. The book won the 2005 Robert Ferrell Award from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. (SHAFR). Hasegawa's research also includes the political and social history of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and Soviet–Japanese relations.

Tsuyoshi hasegawa the crowd in the russian revolution

Scholarship and influence

His scholarship is divided into three fields.

The February Revolution and the Russian Revolution

The first is on the Russian Revolution. He published, The February Revolution: Petrograd 1917 in 1980. Hasegawa later returned to the February Revolution. He revised and updated the original book, reevaluating the role of the liberals as active participants in the revolution. He has embarked on new research on a social history of the Russian Revolution, focusing on crime, police, and mob justice.

Russo-Japanese Relations

Recent Russo-Japanese relations are the second area where Hasegawa has done research. This research resulted in the publication The Northern Territories Dispute and Russo-Japanese Relations in 1998. In these volumes Hasegawa examines the tortuous relations between Russia and Japan over the territorial dispute over what the Japanese call the "Northern Territories" and what the Russian call "the southern Kuril islands."

The End of the Pacific War

The third area of research Hasegawa has conducted is an international history involving the Soviet Union, the United States, and Japan in ending the Pacific War. He published a book, Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan (2005). Challenging the widely accepted orthodox view that the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the most decisive factor in Japan's decision to surrender, ending World War II in the Pacific Hasegawa puts forward the view that the Soviet entry into the war by breaking of the Neutrality Pact played a more important role than the atomic bombs in Japan's surrender decision. This view is in contrast to earlier critics of the bombing, such as Gar Alperovitz, who argued that US President Harry S. Truman's underlying objective was showcasing US military might, as a deterrent to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's ambitions. According to Australian historian Geoffrey Jukes: "[Hasegawa] demonstrates conclusively that it was the Soviet declaration of war, not the atomic bombs, that forced the Japanese to surrender unconditionally." This view received criticism. The most balanced and spirited discussion on this book is given in H-Diplo roundtable discussion with Gar Alperovitz, Michael Gordin, David Holloway, Richard Frank, and Baron Bernstein. James Maddox, Professor of History Emeritus at The Pennsylvania State University, and author of Weapons for Victory: The Hiroshima Decision Fifty Years Later, was one of the most trenchant critics of the book.


  • The February Revolution of Petrograd, 1917 (U. Washington Press, 1981).
  • As editor: The Soviet Union Faces Asia: Perceptions and Policies (Sapporo: Slavic Research Center, 1987).
  • Roshia kakumeika petorogurado no shiminseikatsu ["Everyday Life of Petrograd during the Russian Revolution"] (Chuokoronsha, 1989).
  • Edited with Alex Pravda, Perestroika: Soviet Domestic and Foreign Policies (London: Sage Publication, 1990).
  • Edited with Jonathan Haslam and Andrew Kuchins, Russia and Japan: An Unresolved Dilemma between Distant Neighbors (UC Berkeley, International and Area Studies, 1993).
  • The Northern Territories Dispute and Russo-Japanese Relations. Vol. 1: Between War and Peace, 1967–1985. Vol. 2: Neither War Nor Peace, 1985–1998. (Berkeley: International and Area Studies Publications, University of California at Berkeley, 1998.)
  • Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan. The Belnap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0-674-01693-4
  • As editor, The End of the Pacific War: Reappraisals (Stanford University Press, 2007).
  • Edited with Togo Kazuhiko, East Asia’s Haunted Present: Historical Memories and the Resurgence of Nationalism (Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger Security International, 2008).
  • As editor, The Cold War in East Asia, 1945-1991 (Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Stanford University Press, 2011).
  • References

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