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Cold War expert to discuss past and present of Hiroshima Feb. 16


Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, professor of history at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will present his lecture "Lessons of Hiroshima, Past and Present" at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Baker University Center 240.

Hasegawa is a specialist in Russian/Soviet Union history and the Cold War. Hasegawa has published many articles and books about his areas of interest. In 2005, his book "Racing the Enemy: Truman and the Surrender of Japan" was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by the Christian Science Monitor. Also, in 2006 his book "Deadly Struggle: Stalin, Truman, and Japan's Surrender" won the History & American Studies Award from the Association of American Publishers.

One of his most recent projects is a historical essay about a Japanese soldier and American soldier who encounter each other at the Battle of Leyte during World War II.

"Anyone with an interest in history, current events, military warfare, World War II, Japan or international relations would, I'm sure, get something out of Dr. Hasegawa's remarks," said Connie Hunter, events coordinator of the Contemporary History Institute.

Hasegawa teaches courses at UCSB on Western civilization, Russian history, diplomatic history and several graduate courses on the Cold War. He is also a co-director of the Center for Cold War Studies.

"Bring your friends – there's always room for more," said Hunter.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a Q&A session after the speech.