Lattimore, Owen

Lattimore, Owen,

1900–1989, American author and educator, b. Washington, D.C. He was educated (1915–19) at St. Bees School, Cumberland, England, and did graduate research (1928–29) at Harvard. From 1920 to 1926 he was engaged in business and newspaper work in China. Afterward he traveled and did research for various organizations in China, Manchuria, Mongolia, and Chinese Turkistan, writing such books as Manchuria: Cradle of Conflict (1932) and The Mongols of Manchuria (1934). He was (1938–50) director of the Page School of International Relations at Johns Hopkins. In 1950 he was accused by Senator Joseph McCarthyMcCarthy, Joseph Raymond,
1908–57, U.S. senator from Wisconsin (1947–57), b. near Appleton, Wis. He practiced law in Wisconsin and became (1940) a circuit judge. He served with the U.S. marines in the Pacific in World War II, achieving the rank of captain.
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 of being the Soviet Union's top espionage agent in the United States, but subsequent investigation cleared him of the charges. In 1952, Lattimore was indicted for perjury on seven counts by a federal grand jury on the charge that he had lied when he told a Senate internal security subcommittee earlier in 1952 that he had not promoted Communism and Communist interests; by 1955 all charges against him had been dismissed. He was lecturer in history at Johns Hopkins until 1963. From 1963–70 he was professor of Chinese studies at Leeds Univ., England. Among his other books are America and Asia (1943), The Situation in Asia (1949), Pivot of Asia (1950), Ordeal by Slander (1950), Studies in Asian Frontier History (1962), and Silks, Spices and Empire (ed., with Eleanor Lattimore, 1968).
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Lattimore, Owen


Born July 29, 1900, in Washington, D.C. American Orientalist.

Lattimore was educated in Switzerland and Great Britain. He lived in China from 1919 to 1937, and directed the journal Pacific Affairs from 1934 to 1941. On the recommendation of the president of the USA, F. D. Roosevelt, Lattimore served as Chiang Kai-shek’s political advisor during the years 1941–42. He became special advisor to the United States mission in Japan in 1945. Lattimore has been a professor at Leeds University in Great Britain since 1963, where he is chairman of the department of Chinese Studies. Most of Lattimore’s works are devoted to China and Mongolia.


The Mongols of Manchuria. New York, 1934.
Nationalism and Revolution in Mongolia. Oxford, 1955.


Zlatkin, I. Ia. “Ouen Lattimor kak istorik vostoka.” In Protiv kolonializma. Moscow, 1960.
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Lattimore, Owen

(1900–89) scholar; born in Washington, D.C. He spent his boyhood in China and was educated in Europe before returning to China (1919–27), primarily to inner Asia, the subject of many of his later books. He edited Pacific Affairs (1934–41) (resulting in the charge by Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1950 that he had "lost" China) and taught at the Johns Hopkins University (1938–63) and the University of Leeds, England (1963–75).
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