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Douglas Reynolds

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1976
phone: 404-413-6368


Professor Reynolds is a specialist in modern Chinese history, with an associated research field in modern Japanese history. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels covering all periods of Chinese and Japanese history, as well as world history. His research and major publications emphasize modern China-Japan relations, focusing on cultural interactions between China and Japan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Research has taken him to China and Japan as well as to major research libraries in the United States. His book China: 1898-1912: The Xinzheng Revolution and Japan (1993) was nominated for several national academic prizes in the United States. On the strength of this book, he was awarded Japan 's prestigious To-A Dobun Shoin Memorial Prize in 1996. This book's Chinese translation was published in China in 1998 and reprinted in 2006. Other writings by Reynolds have been awarded two different Modern Sino-Japanese Relations Prizes of the Association for Asian Studies. His book, East Meets East: Chinese Discover the Modern World – in Japan, 1854-1898, will be published in 2012 by the Association for Asian Studies, in its series "Asia Past & Present." Reynolds has given frequent presentations at meetings and academic conferences locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, including Taiwan and the People's Republic of China (in Chinese), Japan (in Japanese), Hong Kong, and Singapore.


Selected Publications

“Japanese Encyclopaedias: Their Background and Hidden Impact on Late Qing Chinese Encyclopaedias,” in Chinese Encyclopaedias of New Global Knowledge (1870-1920): Changing Ways of Thought, eds. Milena Doleželová-Velingerová and Rudolf G. Wagner. Accepted for publication and forthcoming by Springer Publishing Company, New York.

“Japan-China Relations,” 3000-word entry for the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (5 vols.; Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2009), 3:1196-1201.

“Christian Mission Schools in Comparative Perspective: A Comparison with Japan’s To-A Dobun Shoin in Shanghai, 1901-1945, and Their Legacies,” in Glen Peterson, Ruth Hayhoe, and Yongling Lu, eds., Education and Society in Twentieth Century China (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001), 82-108.

“Training Young China Hands: Toa Dobun Shoin and Its Precursors, 1886-1945,” in The Japanese Informal Empire in China, 1895-1937, eds. Peter Duus, Ramon H. Myers, and Mark R. Peattie (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1989), 210-271. Awarded the 1991 Modern Sino-Japanese Relations Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, administered by the Mid-Atlantic Region, AAS.

“A Golden Decade Forgotten: Japan-China Relations, 1898-1907,” The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, fourth series, 2 (1987), 93-153. Awarded the 1988 Modern Sino-Japanese Relations Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, administered by the Mid-Atlantic Region, AAS.

“Chinese Area Studies in Prewar China: Japan's Toa Dobun Shoin in Shanghai, 1900-1945,” The Journal of Asian Studies, 45.5 (November 1986), 945-970. One of two publications mentioned in the award letter of the To-A Dobun Shoin Memorial Prize, Tokyo, 1996.