Joseph R. Levenson
|Joseph R. Levenson|
|Died||April 6, 1969
|Education||Harvard University (1949)|
After graduating from Boston Latin School in 1937 and Harvard College in 1941, Levenson enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942. He attended Japanese Language School and saw active service in the Solomon Islands and Philippines campaigns. After the war he earned M.A. (1947) and PhD (1949) degrees at Harvard, where he was a student of John K. Fairbank. He was a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1951 until his death. He drowned in a canoeing accident in the Russian River, California, in 1969. 
Honors and awards
Levenson earned a number of awards and prizes, including Fulbright (1954-55), the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1958-59); Guggenheim (1962-63); and the American Council of Learned Societies (1966-67).
In honor of his scholarly and pedagogical contributions, two awards are made in his name: the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies offers the Joseph Levenson Book Prize and one by Harvard University for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Paul Cohen commented in his study of American historical writing on China, Discovering History in China, that Levenson addressed "the issues of modernization and cultural change more persistently, imaginatively, and, for many of his readers, persuasively than perhaps any other American historian of China in the immediate postwar decades". 
References and further reading
- James Cahill, "Joseph Levenson's Role In My Development As A Scholar And Writer."
- Paul Cohen, Joseph Levenson and the Historiography of the 1950s and 1960s, in —— (2010). Discovering History in China : American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Meisner, Maurice J.; Rhoads Murphey, eds., (1976). The Mozartian Historian: Essays on the Works of Joseph R. Levenson. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0520028260.
- Don J. Wyatt, Joseph Richmond Levenson, International Directory of Intellectual Historians.
- Henry F. May, H. Franz Schurmann, Frederic Wakeman, "Joseph Richmond Levenson, History, Berkeley," (Necrology) Calisphere University of California.
- Liang Ch'i-ch'ao and the Mind of Modern China (1953)
- Confucian China and Its Modern Fate (1958-1965)
- China: an interpretive history, from the beginnings to the fall of Han (1969)
- Revolution and Cosmopolitanism: the Western stage and the Chinese stages (1971)
- Guide to the Joseph Richmond Levenson Papers at The Bancroft Library
- Thomas M. Levenson, Joseph R. Levenson: A Retrospective, The Harvard Crimson April 6, 1979.
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