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20th-century International History; American-European Relations; Asian-Western Relations; International Elites and the Making of 20th-Century Foreign Policy; Anglo-American Foreign Policy Think Tanks
Voices of World War II: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2012. xxxix + 236 pp.
“Paul D. Cravath, the First World War, and the Anglophile Internationalist Tradition.” Australian Journal of Politics and History 51:2 (June 2005), 194-215.
"World War I and Anglo-American Relations: The Role of Philip Lothian and The Round Table." The Round Table, Vol. 95, issue 383 (January 2006), 113-139.
"World War I as Catalyst and Epiphany: The Case of Henry P. Davison." Diplomacy and Statecraft 18:2 (June 2007): 315-350.
"The Transatlantic American Foreign Policy Elite: Its Evolution in Generational Perspective." Journal of Transatlantic Studies 7:2 (June 2009), 163-183.
"Commentary in "Forum: Mao, Khrushchev, and China's Split with the USSR: Perspectives on The Sino-Soviet Split." Journal of Cold War Studies 12:1 (Winter 2010), 120-128.
“The Geopolitics of Literature: The Shifting International Theme in the Works of Henry James.” International History Review 34:1 (March 2012): 89-114.
"Tweaking the Lion's Tail: Edgar J. Tarr, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, and the British Empire, 1931-1950." Diplomacy and Statecraft 23:4 (December 2012): 636-659.
Zijinchengzhichuang. Chinese translation of Window on the Forbidden City: The Beijing Diaries of David Bruce, 1973-1974. Beijing: Central Culture and Literature Press, 2006. 639 pp.
Ed. Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the World Beyond Asia. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, and Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006. xviii + 559 pp. (Author of "Introduction: The Vietnam War in Its International Setting," 1-52.)
Ed. (with He Peiqun). Bonds Across Borders: Women, China, and International Relations in the Modern World. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2007. x + 300 pp. (Author of "Introduction: Women and International Relations: A Historian's View," 1-32.)
Ed. Bridging the Sino-American Divide: American Studies with Chinese Characteristics. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2007. xvi + 541 pp. (Author of "Introduction: American Studies with Chinese Characteristics," 1-39.)
Assistant editor (with Spencer Tucker et al.), and editor/compiler of Volume 5 (Documents Volume). World War II: A Student Encyclopedia. 5 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2005. lvi + 1795 pp. [Also published as e-book]
Assistant editor (with Spencer Tucker et al.), and editor/compiler of Volume 5 (Documents Volume). The Encyclopedia of The Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History. 5 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2007. xxxviii + 1969 pp. Named Editors' Choice, 2007, by Booklist; Distinguished Book Award, 2007, Society for Military History. [Also published as e-book.]
Assistant editor (with Spencer Tucker et al.), and editor/compiler of Volume 5 (Documents Volume). The Cold War: A Student Encyclopedia. 5 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2007. xxxviii + 2969 pp. Association of Educational Publishers, Distinguished Achievement Award for Social Studies Instruction (Reference Category), June 2008. [Also published as e-book.]
Editor (with Spencer Tucker et al.), and editor/compiler of Volume 4 (Documents Volume). The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History. 4 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008. xxviii + 1554 + 26 pp. Named Outstanding Reference Source, 2008, by RUSA-American Library Association; Distinguished Achievement Award for Social Studies Instruction (Reference Category)(see details), June 2009; Editors' Choice, 2008, by Booklist; Best Reference Choice, 2008, by Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. [Also published as e-book.]
Ed. Lord Lothian and Anglo-American Relations, 1900-1940. Dordrecht, Netherlands, Republic of Letters Press, 2010. x + 282 pp. [Author of "Introduction: Philip Kerr, The Making of an Atlanticist, 1882-1921," 1-43; "Chapter Three: The Interwar Philip Lothian," 79-105; and "Conclusion: The Final Stage," 229-245.]
Editor (with Spencer Tucker et al.) and editor/compiler of Volume 5 (Documents Volume), The Encyclopedia of Middle East Wars: The United States in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts. 5 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2010. [Named Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011]
With Mei Renyi and Yan Xunhua. China Views Nine-Eleven: Essays in Transnational American Studies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2011. xi + 525 pp. [Author of “Introduction,” 1-36; and “9/11 as Diplomatic Milestone and Turning Point,” 111-125.]
Cuban Missile Crisis: The Essential Reference Guide. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. xix + 278 pp. [Author of “Introduction” and 45 out of 73 entries.]
World War II: The Essential Reference Guide. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. 2012. xxvi + 410 pp.
“Changing US Perceptions of China from David Bruce to the New Century.” In Danny S. L. Paau and Herbert Yee, eds., Return of the Dragon: US-China Relations in the 21st Century Asia Pacific Horizon. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2005, 61-84.
“The Limits of Superpower Diplomacy: The View from the Beijing Liaison Office, 1973-1974.” In Malcolm Muir, Jr. and Mark F. Wilkinson, eds., The Most Dangerous Years: The Cold War, 1953-1975. Lexington, VA: Department of History and John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis, Virginia Military Institute, 2005, 313-337.
"'All Roads Lead From the American City?' The Land of the Urban Frontier." In Peter Swirski, ed., All Roads Lead to the American City. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007. Pp. 7-26, 125-127.
"9/11 As Diplomatic Milestone and Turning Point." In Mei Renyi and Fu Meirong, eds., Change and Continuity: America After 9-11. Beijing, World Knowledge Press, 2009. Pp. 34-43. [In Chinese]
“Henry James and British Power.” In William Roger Louis, ed., Resurgent Adventures with Britannia: Personalities, Politics and Culture in Britain (London: I. B. Tauris, and Austin, Texas: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, 2011), 61-74.
Editorships and Outside Service
Member, Management Committee, Transatlantic Studies Association, UK
Academic Adviser, US-China Education Trust, Washington, DC
Member, H-Diplo Editorial Advisory BoardMember, ABC-CLIO Military History Advisory Board
I am currently finishing two projects. One of these is a biography of the New York banker Frank Altschul (1887-1981), a leading figure in the Council on Foreign Relations and other prominent from the 1940s to the 1970s. This received a grant of US$75,000 from the Overbrook Foundation. The second is a study of Anglo-American think tanks and China policy after World War II. This concentrates firstly on the role of Chatham House and the Council on Foreign Relations in seeking to alleviate tensions in Anglo-American relations caused by China-related issues; and secondly, on the part the Council on Foreign Relations played in setting the stage for the reopening of relations between the United States and China during the 1970s. This was awarded a grant of $1,043,950 from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council in 2007.
As something of a prequel to this second project, I am beginning work on a book-length study of the complex of overlapping Anglo-American-dominions think tanks from the 1920s to the 1940s. This group included Chatham House, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute of Pacific Relations, and the New Zealand, Australian, and Canadian Institutes of International Affairs. It focuses on two issues in particular: the part that these various organizations played in setting Pacific policy between the wars and during World War II; and the impact of this complex network upon relationships among the dominions, Britain, and the United States, especially in terms of drawing the dominions into American-based relationships, and of encouraging a sense of national consciousness in the three dominions. This project initially attracted funding from various sources, including a seed grant of HK$60,000 from the University’s Committee on Research and Conference Grants; a T. Hamilton Glendenning research grant of C$600 from the University of Manitoba; a Harold White Fellowship of $A10,200 from the National Library of Australia; a Faculty Research Program Grant of C$6,600 from the International Council of Canadian Studies; and a Research Fellowship of $16,000 from the Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Canberra, Australia. In June 2012 it was awarded a General Research Fund Grant of $797,090 from the HK Research Grants Council.
I have also begun work on a small project, "Rebuilding a Relationship: Britain and China after 1967," which investigates how Britain used a variety of informal networks in its efforts to restore relations with China after the 1967 Hong Kong riots and the sacking of the British embassy in Beijing. This project is likely to prove the springboard for other work on the Long 1970s, including collaborative projects involving historians from across Hong Kong and from various British, European, US, and Chinese institutions.
Grants2006, US$75,000 from the Overbrook Foundation, for political and intellectual biography of Frank Altschul
2007, $1,043,950 from the General Research Fund, HK Research Grants Council, for project on Anglo-American think tanks and China policy, 1940-1980
2007, $36,309 Small Project Grant from the HKU Committee on Research and Conference Grants, for edited book on Lord Lothian and the Anglo-American Relationship, 1900-1940
2009, $60,000 seed funding grant from the HKU Committee on Research and Conference Grants, for preliminary work on Anglo-American Think Tanks and China Policy, 1921-1941
2009, C$600 T. Hamilton Glendinning Research Grant from the University of Manitoba, Canada, for research in the Edgar Tarr and John W. Dafoe Papers
2010, $50,000 King’s/HKU Fellowship, for research on Anglo-American Think Tanks in the papers of Chatham House, London, and related collections
2010, A$10,200 three-month Harold White Fellowship from the National Library of Australia, for research on the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Making of Asia-Pacific Policy
2011, C$6,600, Faculty Research Program Grant, International Council of Canadian Studies, Ottawa, for research on “The Canadian Institute of International Affairs and Anglo-US-Imperial Relations to 1950”
2011-2012, A$16,000 Research Fellowship, Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Museum of American Democracy, Canberra, for Research on “Australian Prime Ministers and the Australian Institute of International Affairs”
2011-2012, HK$50,000, Overseas Research Fellowship, HKU, to spend a month at New York University, doing research on the Institute of Pacific Relations
2011-2012, HK$50,000 grant, Postgraduate Conference and Seminar Grants Scheme, Research Grants Council, HK, to fund a visit by Asa Briggs to the University of Hong Kong
2012-2014, HK$73,600 Small Project Grant, HKU Committee on Research and Conference Grants, for research on “Rebuilding a Relationship: Britain and China after 1967”
2012-2015, GRF Award, HK Research Grants Council, for a book on "Battling Imperialisms? Anglo-American Think Tank, the Dominions, and Pacific Policy, 1919-1945"
August 2012: Grant of US$9,000 from US-China Education Trust, Washington, DC, to edit a book on "Soft Power and Social Equality" (forthcoming, 2013)
Kristopher Charles Erskine, "Missionary Diplomacy: Frank Price and America's China Policy, 1937-1952" (MPhil)
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