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General Information

Name:  John Jason Stephan  

Pen Name: John J. Stephan


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1941 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Born in Chicago. During 1941-1951 and in 1953, Stephan spent summers at Hazelwood, the Walgreen estate in Dixon, Lee County. Stephan is the grandson of Charles R. Walgreen (1874-1939) and Myrtle Norton Walgreen (1879-1971).

Biographical and Professional Information

John J. Stephan is the son of Illinois-born artist John Walter Stephan (1906-1995) and Illinois-born poet, novelist, editor Ruth Stephan [nee Ruth Walgreen] (1910-1974). He was raised in New York, Rome [Italy], Tucson, and Greenwich [Connecticut]. He attended Harvard (B.A. 1963, M.A. 1964) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (PhD 1969). From 1970 until 2001, he taught Japanese and Russian history at University of Hawaii, with visiting appointments at Stanford, Oxford, Tufts, Waseda University [Tokyo], and the University of Hokkaido. His books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, and Japanese. He is currently Professor Emeritus of History and lives in Honolulu.

Published Works

  • Sakhalin, A History, Clarendon Press, Oxford, England, 1971
  • The Kuril Islands, Russo-Japanese Frontier in the Pacific, Oxford University Press, England, 1974
  • The Russian Fascists, Tragedy and Farce in Exile, Harper, New York, 1978
  • Hawaii Under the Rising Sun, Japan`s Plans for Conquest After Pearl Harbor, University of Hawaii Press, 1984
  • Soviet-American Horizons on the Pacific (with V. Chichkanov), University of Hawaii Press, 1986
  • The Russian Far East, A History, Stanford University Press, 1994

Selected Titles At Your Library

Sakhalin: a history,
ISBN: 0198215509. OCLC Number:

Clarendon Press,. Oxford,. 1971.

Based on Russian, Japanese and Chinese sources, it is the first comprehensive history of Sakhalin.

The Kuril Islands :
ISBN: 0198215630. OCLC Number:

Clarendon Press,. Oxford :. 1974.

A comprehensive study based on Russian, Japanese, British and American sources.

The Russian fascists :
ISBN: 0060140992. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row,. New York :. ©1978.

Soviet-American horizons on the Pacific /
ISBN: 0824810201. OCLC Number:

University of Hawaii Press,. Honolulu :. ©1986.

The Russian Far East :
ISBN: 0804723117. OCLC Number:

Stanford University Press,. Stanford, Calif. :. 1994.

Wedged between China, Korea, Japan, and the United States, the Russian Far East has for centuries been a meeting ground for Eurasian and American peoples and cultures. Conventionally regarded as a perimeter, it is in fact a collage of overlapping borderlands with a distinct historical identity. Based on a quarter-century of research by a leading authority on the area, this is a monumental survey of Pacific Siberia from prehistoric times to the present.


  • 1971, Outstanding Academic Book, America Library Association
  • 1973, Japan Culture Translation Prize
  • 1996, Kenneth W. Baldwin Prize, Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History
  • Russian

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