Marius Jansen
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Marius Jansen

Marius Berthus Jansen (April 11, 1922 - December 10, 2000)[1] was an American academic, historian, and Emeritus Professor of Japanese History at Princeton University.[2]

He was born in Vleuten in the Netherlands to Gerarda and Bartus Jansen, a florist who moved his family to Johnston, Rhode Island in the fall of 1923.[3] Jansen grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Princeton in 1943 and Harvard in 1950, having majored in European history of the Renaissance and Reformation.[4]

He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences[2] and president of the Association for Asian Studies in 1976. In 1999, Jansen was the first foreigner to be honored with the Distinguished Cultural Merit Award, given by the government of Japan.[5]

Selected works

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Marius Jansen, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 100+ works in 300+ publications in 12 languages and 13,900+ library holdings.[6]

  • The Japanese and Sun Yat-sen (1954)
  • Sakamoto Ry?ma and the Meiji Restoration (1961)
  • Japan and Communist China in the Next Decade (1964)
  • Changing Japanese Attitudes Toward Modernization (1965)
  • Studies in the institutional history of early modern Japan (1968) John Whitney Hall and Marius Jansen, eds. Princeton, Princeton University Press.
  • Japan and its World: Two Centuries of Change (1975)
  • Japan and China: from War to Peace, 1894-1972 (1975)
  • Japan in Transition, from Tokugawa to Meiji (1986)
  • China in the Tokugawa World (1992 ISBN 978-0-674-18476-3) [1]; DeGruyter 2014) The 1988 Edwin O. Reischauer Lectures
  • Japanese Today: Change and Continuity (1995) Edwin O. Reischauer, Marius B. Jansen[7]
  • The Making of Modern Japan (2000)[8]


See also

  • Sakamoto Ry?ma
  • Ry?tar? Shiba famous popular fiction author of "Ry?ma Coming to Us" which is a historical novel about Sakamoto Ryoma
  • Ry?maden NHK drama, the story of Sakamoto Ry?ma


  1. ^ Library of Congress Authority File: Jansen, Marius B.; retrieved 2011-07-14
  2. ^ a b c d Princeton University, Office of Communications, "Professor Marius Berthus Jansen, scholar of Japanese history, dies," December 13, 2000.
  3. ^ Marius B. Jansen on the passenger list of the Volendam, September 29, 1923, in New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924
  4. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang. "Marius B. Jansen, 78, Scholar Of Japanese History and Culture," New York Times. December 26, 2000
  5. ^ "Obituary: Marius Jansen". Japan Times. 14 December 2000. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ WorldCat Identities Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine: Jansen, Marius B.
  7. ^ Japanese Today Harvard University Press Books
  8. ^ The Making of Modern Japan Harvard University Press Books
  9. ^ Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan): Culture 2000.

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