Prof. Dr. Kerry Smith

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Hartmannstr. 14
91052 Erlangen

Home Institution: Brown University, Department of History

IKGF Visiting Fellow June 2016 - August 2016

IKGF Research Project

Seas of Fire - Earthquakes, Disasters and Japan in the 20th Century

Curriculum vitae

Kerry Smith did his undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard, and joined the Brown History Department in 1997. He is the author of A Time of Crisis: Japan, the Great Depression, and Rural Revitalization (Harvard University Asia Center), a number of shorter works on the social history of interwar Japan, and a prize-winning article on Japan's first "official" museum of the war years. He is working on a new book about disasters and science in modern Japan. Professor Smith teaches courses on the making of modern East Asia, World War Two in the Pacific, the atomic age, and empires and cultures.

Selected Publications


2001 A Time of Crisis: Japan, the Great Depression, and Rural Revitalization (Harvard East Asian monographs 191). Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Asia Center.


2015 ’History is Harsh’: Prime Minister Abe, the Joint Session of Congress, and World War II, in: Asia-Pacific Journal, May 20, 2015.
2015 Earthquake Prediction in Occupied Japan, in: Historical Social Research 40 no. 2, pp. 105-33.
2005 A Land of Milk and Honey: Rural Revitalization in the 1930s, in: Gail Lee Bernstein, Andrew Gordon, and Kate Nakai (Eds.), Public Sphere, Private Lives in Modern Japan, 1600-1950. Cambridge (AM): Harvard University Press, pp. 117-154.
2003 Building the Model Village: Rural Revitalization and the Great Depression, in: Ann Waswo and Nishida Yoshiaki (Eds.), Farmers and Village Life in 20th Century Japan. London: RoutledgeCurzon, pp. 126-155.