Oral history interview with Robert E. Ward : [electronic resource], 1967.
Director, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan; Committee on Comparative Politics, Social Science Research Council; Director, Center for Research in International Studies, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution.
Scope and Contents
Joining University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies; development of the University’s Japanese studies program and early Carnegie Corporation financial support, 1947-1948; field work in Okayama, Japan and VILLAGE JAPAN, 1950-1959; POLITICAL MODERNIZATION OF JAPAN project; THE POLITICS OF THE DEVELOPING AREAS, 1960-1966. Discussion of the University of Michigan’s Far East studies degree programs; the current state of U.S. Japanese language education; the development and structure of university area studies departments; interest in Japanese studies in the years following WWII; receiving departmental funding from private foundations and the U.S. government and potential conflicts of interest; comparisons between working with Carnegie, the Ford Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council; how social science, political science, and the humanities relate to area studies; collaborating with Japanese scholars and the restrictions of academia in postwar Japan. Impressions of William W. Marvel, Pendleton Herring, Robert A. Hall, John W. Gardner.
Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1986.