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Albert M. Craig

Albert Morton Craig (born 1927) is an American academic, historian, author and professor emeritus in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.[1]


Early lifeEdit

As a youth in Chicago, Craig was a student of judo. A more scholarly interest in Japan was piqued after the Second World War. While serving in the United States Army in 1947, he was stationed in Miyazaki and in Kyoto.[1]

Craig earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy at Northwestern University in 1949. Then the Fulbright Program made it possible for him to study economic history at the University of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France. This was followed by two years (1951–53) as a graduate student at Kyoto University from 1951 through 1953.

He returned to Harvard University where he did his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Edwin O. Reischauer and also worked with John K. Fairbank. Harvard awarded Craig his Ph.D. in history in 1959.[1]


Professor Craig became a member of Harvard's faculty in 1959 and then taught there for more than fifty years, during which he was also a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, the University of Kyoto, and Keio University.[1]

He became the Harvard-Yenching Research Professor of Japanese History. In addition, he served as Director of the Reischauer Institute (1983–1985)[2] and as Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute (1976–1987).[1]

His research focused primarily on the transition from the Edo period through the Meiji period.[1]

Selected worksEdit

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Albert Craig, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 60+ works in 200+ publications in 7 languages and 8,000+ library holdings.[3]

  • Chōshū in the Meiji Restoration (1961)
  • Personality in Japanese History (1971), with Donald Shively
  • The Heritage of Japanese Civilization (2003)
  • The Heritage of Chinese Civilization (2001)
  • Civilization and Enlightenment: The Early Thought of Fukuzawa Yukichi(2009)



  1. ^ a b c d e f Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS), faculty
  2. ^ RIJS, Director, 1984-1985
  3. ^ WorldCat Identities Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine.: Craig, Albert M.
  4. ^ a b c d Pearson, Longman/Prentiss Hall, Author bio