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H. Paul Varley

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Herbert Paul Varley (born February 8, 1931)[1] is an American academic, historian, author, and Japanologist. He is a former professor at Columbia University and Sen Sōshitsu XV Professor of Japanese Cultural History at the University of Hawaii.[2]


Varley's early work was influenced by Kan'ichi Asakawa at Yale University.[3]

Among other interests, his research focused on the Kamakura period and Muromachi period in the history of Japan.[4]

Selected works

In an overview of writings by and about Varley, OCLC/WorldCat lists roughly 30+ works in 120+ publications in 6 languages and 8,200+ library holdings.[5]

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  • The Onin War; history of its origins and background with a selective translation of the Chronicle of Onin, 1967
  • A Syllabus of Japanese Civilization, 1968
  • Imperial Restoration in Medieval Japan, 1971
  • Japanese Culture: a Short History, 1973
  • A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa, 1980
  • Warriors of Japan as Portrayed in the War Tales, 1994



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