Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi 1941-

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Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi 1941-


Born February 23, 1941, in Tokyo, Japan; came to the United States in 1964, naturalized citizen, 1976; son of Chosei (a publisher) and Chiyo Hasegawa; married, 1968 (marriage ended); children: Kim Marie, Stephen Shinobu. Education: University of Tokyo, B.A., 1964; University of Washington, Seattle, M.A., 1967, Ph.D., 1969.


Office—Department of History, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. E-mail—[email protected].


State University of New York College at Oswego, assistant professor, 1969-72, associate professor of history, beginning 1972; University of California at Santa Barbara, professor of modern Russian and Soviet history.


American Historical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Japanese Association for Russian Studies.


Fulbright fellow and International Research and Exchange Board fellow in the Soviet Union, both 1976-77; fellow of National Endowment for the Humanities, 1981.


(Translator, with William L. MacDonald) Iulian Konstantinovich Shchutskii, Researches on I Ching, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1979.

The February Revolution: Petrograd, 1917, University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA), 1981.

Roshia Kakumei-ka Petorogurada No Shimin Seikatsu, Chuo Koronsha (Tokyo, Japan), 1989.

(With Alex Pravda) Perestroika, Soviet Domestic and Foreign Policies, Royal Institute of International Affairs (London, England), 1990.

(Editor, with Jonathan Haslam and Andrew Kuchins) Russia and Japan: An Unresolved Dilemma between Distant Neighbors, International and Area Studies (Berkeley, CA), 1993.

The Northern Territories Dispute and Russo-Japanese Relations, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1998.

Hoppo Ryodo Mondai to Nichi-Ro Kankei, Chikuma Shobo (Tokyo, Japan), 2000.

Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 2005.

Anto: Sutarin, Toruman to Nihon Kofuku, Chuo Koron Shinsha (Tokyo, Japan), 2006.

(Editor) The End of the Pacific War: Reappraisals, Stanford University Press (Stanford, CA), 2007.

Contributor to Slavic studies journals.


Tsuyoshi Hasegawa earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Tokyo, then went on to study at the University of Washington, earning first his master's degree and then his Ph.D. A writer and educator, Hasegawa served on the faculty of the State University of New York at Oswego in the history department for a number of years before moving on to the University of California at Santa Barbara. His primary areas of academic interest include Russian and Soviet history of the modern era, with a focus on the Russian Revolution and the Cold War, and Russian relations with Japan, particularly following World War II. He has contributed articles on these subjects to a number of academic journals and is the author of several books.

Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan offers readers an in-depth analysis of the relationship between these three major players toward the end of World War II, considering how Russia, Japan, and the United States dealt with each other. Hasegawa uses primarily Russian and Japanese source material, leading to a very different viewpoint than is traditionally seen in books written from an American angle. He discusses the struggle between the United States and Russia to gain the upper hand in Asia, as well as the role of the two atomic bombs that the United States chose to utilize, which not only ended the Japanese offense but sent a message to the Russians about the United States' abilities. However, Hasegawa maintains that it was the Russian declaration of war that ultimately turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. Sean N. Kalic, writing for Military Review, commented: "Although firmly advocating the revisionist's well-trodden interpretation of the use of the atomic bomb, Hasegawa does contribute to the scholarship on the end of World War II." William Thomas Allison, in a review for Canadian Journal of History, dubbed Hasegawa's effort "a compelling work of scholarship" and "a very significant book."



Canadian Journal of History, March 22, 2006, William Thomas Allison, review of Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan, p. 213.

Military Review, November 1, 2005, Sean N. Kalic, review of Racing the Enemy, p. 94.