Richard Minear

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For the investigative journalist, see Richard Miniter.

Richard (Dick) H. Minear is a retired Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He taught a survey course of Japanese history and a Hiroshima seminar. Minear got his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1968. He is best known for his book about the Tokyo war crimes trials, Victors; Justice, He has lived in Japan for many years and translated Japanese works into English (including Requiem for Battleship Yamato, Hiroshima: Three Witnesses, Black Eggs and Japan's Past, Japan's Future: One Historian's Odyssey).

In 1999, following a tip off from a student, Minear discovered a cache of war time cartoons by Dr. Seuss which he then published.[1]

He is the author of the following books (partial list of those most widely held):

  • Minear, Richard H. Victors' Justice; The Tokyo War Crimes Trial. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1971, and 7 subsequent editions.
    • Translated into Japanese as: Minear, Richard H., and Nisuke Andō. Tōkyō Saiban: shōsha no sabaki. 東京裁判 : 勝者の裁き Tōkyō: Fukumura Shuppan, 1985.
  • Minear, Richard H., Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Art Spiegelman. Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel. New York: New Press, 1999, ISBN 1-56584-704-0 and 5 subsequent editions. (held in over 1100 libraries, according to WorldCat)
  • Minear, Richard H. Japanese Tradition and Western Law; Emperor, State, and Law in the Thought of Hozumi Yatsuka. Harvard East Asian series, 48. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1970.
    • Translated into Japanese as Minear, Richard H. Seiyō Hōshisō No Keiju. の継受 : 穗積八束の思想史的考察 Tokyo: Translation rights arranged through Charles E. Tuttle Co, 1971.
  • Gage, Richard L., and Richard H. Minear. Women against War. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1986.

and the children's book:

  • Minear, Richard H. Through Japanese Eyes. New York: Praeger, 1974. OCLC 804861


  1. ^ "Richard Minear's latest subject: a surprising side of Dr. Seuss". University of Massachusetts Magazine. 1999. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 

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