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A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Gerhard L. Weinberg

May 4, 2013

Gerhard L. Weinberg, the world’s leading scholar of World War II, turns his vast knowledge of all arenas and aspects of this global conflagration to the country of Japan. In a series of four lectures, Professor Weinberg illuminates Japanese imperial expansion and explains its relationship to the Japanese decision to go to war with the Allies, the Japanese at war, and then in defeat and occupation. Join us for a true intellectual treat about a topic often neglected in general histories of the war.


Gerhard Weinberg, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of History, Emeritus, retired from teaching at Carolina in 1999, but remains active in his field. He is one of the world’s most distinguished scholars of World War II and National Socialist Germany. He is the author of ten books, including A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II, which received three major awards for scholarship, was a Book of the Month Club Main Selection, and is widely considered to be the best single-volume history of World War II. Most recently, Professor Weinberg was awarded the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, a lifetime achievement prize for excellence in military writing.


Japan’s Expansionist Drive and Renewed War with China, 1931-1940

The Japanese Decision for War with the United States, Great Britain, and the Netherlands and its Implementation, 1940-1942

Japan at War, 1942-1944

Japan in Defeat and Occupation, 1945-1947

Time and Cost

9:15 a.m. to 4: 15 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013. The tuition is $125 ($110 by January 30). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by January 30). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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