Masuda Hajimu (family name Masuda, 益田 肇) is a historian at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World (2015). His areas of concentration are the modern history of East Asia, the history of American foreign relations, and the social and global history of the Cold War.

“What was the Cold War? Masuda Hajimu argues that it was more than an international confrontation between West and East blocs. It was also a social mechanism of purity and ordering at home, in the chaotic post-WWII world.”

Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World (Harvard University Press, 2015); “The Social Experience of War and Occupation” in Laura Hein ed., The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol. III (2022).

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冷戦とは何だったのか。大国同士の駆け引きや政治リーダーを主人公とする従来の物語とは一線を画し、無数の名もなき人びとの日常的な想像と行為の連鎖と、現実政治との影響関係から冷戦初期の歴史を描く。

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This chapter traces recent scholarship on Cold War America, aiming to show how the field has developed in recent years, what kinds of problems we face today, and where we can go from here.

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I choosed “The Best Books to Reconsider What the Cold War Really Was” for Shepherd.com.

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“Westad has shown one mode of the perfection of Cold War scholarship; now we must contemplate what to do next.”

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Masuda Hajimu has accepted a position as a Visiting Fellow at CRASSH & Wolfson College, University of Cambridge in 2020.

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Masuda Hajimu has accepted a position as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Social Sciences, Waseda University.

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Dr. Kisho Tsuchiya and I have organized the 3rd Reconceptualizing the Cold War workshop on 14- 26 September 2020.

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I was invited to speak at the international seminar “Rethinking the Cold War in Asia: Experiences, Perspectives, Concepts,” organized by and held at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, the Czech Republic.

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I was invited to speak at “A Roundtable on The History of US-Southeast Asian Relations,” held at NTU

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I organized the Second Cold War Oral History Workshop, “Reconceptualizing the Cold War: On-the-ground Experiences in Asia,” which was held at NUS Utown on 22-23 June 2019.

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