Owen Lattimore

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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.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Quite properly, she lists Alger Hiss and Owen Lattimore as prime examples of liberal obstinacy, and she wonders very much out loud whether that obstinacy arose because these liberals were concerned with due process and the presumption of innocence and all that, or whether they were, in heart and mind, on the Soviet side in the Cold War.