John K. Fairbank Prize

The John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History is offered annually for an outstanding book in the history of China proper, Vietnam, Chinese Central Asia, Mongolia, Manchuria, Korea, or Japan, substantially after 1800. It honors the late John K. Fairbank, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and director of the East Asian Research Center at Harvard University, and president of the American Historical Association in 1968. Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered. Anthologies, edited works, and pamphlets are ineligible for the competition.[1]

List of prizesEdit

Year Recipient Title Publisher
1969 Harold Z. Schiffrin Sun Yat-Sen and the Origins of the Chinese Revolution University of California Press
Tetsuo Najita Hara Kei in the Politics of Compromise, 1905-1915 Harvard University Press
1971 Jerome B. Grieder Hu Shih and the Chinese Renaissance: Liberalism in the Chinese Revolution, 1917-37 Harvard University Press
1973 William G. Beasley The Meiji Restoration Stanford University Press
1975 Yu-wen Jen The Taiping Revolutionary Movement Yale University Press
1977 Gail Lee Bernstein Japanese Marxist: A Portrait of Kawakami Hajime, 1879-1946 Harvard University Press
1979 Guy S. Alitto The Last Confucian: Liang Shu-ming and the Chinese Dilemma of Modernity University of California Press
1981 Conrad Totman The Collapse of the Tokugawa Bakufu, 1862-1868 University of Hawaii Press
1983 Bruce Cumings The Origins of the Korean War: Liberation and the Emergence of Separate Regimes, 1945-47 Princeton University Press
1985 Philip C. Huang The Peasant Economy and Social Change in North China Stanford University Press
1986 Carol Gluck Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period Princeton University Press
1987 Joseph W. Esherick The Origins of the Boxer Uprising University of California Press
1988 Sheldon Garon The State and Labor in Modern Japan University of California Press
1989 Prasenjit Duara Culture, Power, and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 Stanford University Press
1990 Miriam Silverberg Changing Song: The Marxist Manifestos of Nakano Shigeharu Princeton University Press
1991 Andrew Gordon Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan University of California Press
1992 Carter J. Eckert Offspring of Empire: The Ko-ch'ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876-1945 University of Washington Press
Kathryn Bernhardt Rents, Taxes, and Peasant Resistance: The Lower Yangzi Region, 1840-1950 Stanford University Press
1993 Elizabeth J. Perry Shanghai on Strike: The Politics of Chinese Labor Stanford University Press
Stefan Tanaka Japan's Orient: Rendering Pasts into History University of California Press
1994 Kenneth Pomeranz The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society, and Economy in Inland North China, 1853-1937 University of California Press
1995 Kären Wigen The Making of Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920 University of California Press
1996 David G. Marr Vietnam 1945: The Quest for Power University of California Press
1997 Paul A. Cohen History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth Columbia University Press
1998 Louise Young Japan's Total Empire: Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism University of California Press
1999 John W. Dower Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II W.W. Norton & Co./New Press
2000 Kenneth Pomeranz The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy Princeton University Press
2001 Peter Zinoman The Colonial Bastille: A History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940 University of California Press
2002 Julia Adeney Thomas Reconfiguring Modernity: Concepts of Nature in Japanese Political Ideology University of California Press
2003 Norman J. Girardot The Victorian Translation of China: James Legge's Oriental Pilgrimage University of California Press
2004 Jordan Sand House and Home in Modern Japan: Architecture, Domestic Space, and Bourgeois Culture, 1880-1930 Harvard University Asia Center
2005 Ruth Rogaski Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-port China University of California Press
2006 Madeleine Zelin The Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China Columbia University Press
2007 Eugenia Lean Public Passions: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China University of California Press
2008 Susan L. Mann The Talented Women of the Zhang Family University of California Press
2009 Klaus Mühlhahn Criminal Justice in China: A History Harvard University Press
2010 James C. Scott The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia Yale University Press
2011 Carol A. Benedict Golden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550-2010 University of California Press
2012 Jun Uchida Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876-1945 Harvard East Asian Monographs
2013 Barbara Mittler A Continuous Revolution : Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture Harvard University Asia Center
2014 Charles K. Armstrong[2] Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992 Cornell University Press
2015 Rian Thum The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History Harvard University Press
2016 Barak Kushner Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice Harvard University Press
2017 Christopher Goscha Vietnam: A New History Basic Books
2018 Thomas Mullaney The Chinese Typewriter: A History MIT Press
2019 Chris Courtney The Nature of Disaster in China: The 1931 Yangzi River Flood Cambridge University Press
2019 Eiichiro Azuma In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan’s Borderless Empire University of California Press

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  1. ^ [1] American Historical Association.
  2. ^ Following the discovery of multiple cases of plagiarism and fabricated sources in the book, the American Historical Association initiated an inquiry, after which Charles Armstrong returned the prize to the Association. See "2014 Fairbank Prize Returned". American Historical Association. June 29, 2017.

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