KUBLIN, HYMAN (1919– ), U.S. historian. Born in Boston, Kublin was professor of history at Brooklyn College, n.y., from 1961, and associate dean of Graduate Studies (1966–69) at the City University of New York. A specialist in Far Eastern history, notably that of modern Japan, Kublin made important contributions to this field. These include Meiji Rode Undo-shi No Hito-Koma; Takano Fusataro No Shogai to Shiso, a study of Fusataro Takano, the founder of the Japanese trade-union movement; and Asian Revolutionary: The Life of Sen Katayama (1964) on an architect of modern Japan's socialist and communist movements. Kublin was consultant on Asian affairs to various universities, foundations, government agencies, and cultural groups. He was actively identified with Jewish affairs as chairman of the American Student Program to Israel and participation in many other bodies. Kublin served as Encyclopaedia Judaica departmental editor for the history of Jews in Japan.
Other books by Kublin include India: Regional Study (1973) and The Middle East (World Regional Studies) (with D. Peretz, 1989). In the Regional Study series he also wrote about Africa, Russia, China, and Japan. He edited Jews in Old China: Some Western Views (1971).
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