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Jack Hammersmith

Professor Emeritus of History

Teaching Fields

  • U.S. History since the Civil War
  • Modern Japan
  • Modern China


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1970

Research Interests

U.S.-Japanese relations, (early Meiji [late 19th century])
U.S. diplomatic history


Spoilsmen in a “Flowery Fairyland”: The Development of the U.S. Legation in Japan, 1859-1906.Kent: Kent State University Press, 1998.

“In Defense of Yalta: Edward R. Stettinius’s Roosevelt and the Russians,” Vol. 100 (July 1992) Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 429-454.

“John Watson Foster: “A Pacifist After a Fashion,” Indiana Magazine of History LXXXIV (June 1988), 117-133.

“American Attempts to Prevent a War Over ‘Vietnam’: The Experience of John Russell Young, 1882-1885,” The Historian XXXVIII (February 1976), 253-268