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Ian Nish

Ian Hill Nish CBE (3 June 1926 - ) is a British academic, a specialist in Japanese studies, and Emeritus Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).[1] He is an expert on the Anglo-Japanese Alliance and Japanese foreign policy.[2]

Early life

Nish was born in Edinburgh in 1926.

World War II gave opportunity to many young non-Japanese to become specialists in Japanese studies; and Ian Nish was one of them..[3]

He studied at the School of Japanese Studies in Simla and Karachi in British India.[3]

He earned a master's degree (M.A.) at the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded a doctorate degree (Ph.D.) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.[3]


Nish taught in the history department of the University of Sydney from 1957 to 1962.[3]

From 1962 through 1991, Nish taught at the London School of Economics in London.[3] He retired in 1991.

Selected works

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Ian Nish, OCLC/WorldCat includes roughly 200+ works in 300+ publications in 4 languages and 7,000+ library holdings.[4]

  • Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits (1994), with James Hoare
  • The History of Anglo-Japanese Relations: The Political-diplomatic Dimension (2000)
  • The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-5] (2003)


Nish argues that "a foreign scholar of Japan is often only a middleman attempting to distill the ideas of Japanese scholars".[5]


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