William G. Beasley
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William G. Beasley

William Gerald Beasley CBE FBA (22 December 1919 - 19 November 2006) was a British academic, author, editor, translator and Japanologist. He was Emeritus Professor of the History of the Far East at the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University.[1]


In 1947 Beasley was appointed Lecturer in Far Eastern History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He became Professor of the History of the Far East in 1954, a post he held until 1983.[1]

Selected works

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about William G. Beasley, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 80+ works in 300+ publications in 8 languages and 11,000+ library holdings .[2]

  • Great Britain and the Opening of Japan, 1834-1858 (1951)
  • Select Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy, 1853-1868 (1955)
  • Historians of China and Japan (1961)
  • The modern history of Japan (1963)
  • The Meiji Restoration (1972). Winner John K. Fairbank Prize
  • Modern Japan: Aspects of History, Literature, and Society (1975)
  • Japanese Imperialism, 1894-1945 (1987)
  • The Rise of Modern Japan (1989)
  • Japan Encounters the Barbarian: Japanese Travellers in America and Europe (1995)
  • The Japanese experience : a short history of Japan (1999)

Honours and awards


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