Dorothy Borg

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Dorothy Borg (September 4, 1902 Elberon, New Jersey – October 25, 1993 New York City) was an American historian specializing in American-East Asian relations. Although she did not hold faculty appointments, her multi-archival and assiduous scholarship set high standards and her organization of international scholarly cooperation and exchange influenced the field of American history of foreign relations. Her research focused mainly on United States relations with China in the decades between World War I and the arrival in power of the Chinese Revolution in 1949.


A native of the Elberon section of Long Branch, New Jersey, she graduated from Wellesley College and from Columbia University with a master's and doctoral degrees.[1]

She spent two years in Beijing and Shanghai in the 1940s as a staff member of the American Council of the Institute of Pacific Relations.[2]

She was a researcher at Harvard University, where she helped organize programs that trained scholars in American and East Asian history.

From 1966 until her retirement, she was a senior research associate at Columbia University's East Asian Institute, lecturing and directing academic conferences.[3]


  • She received the 1965 Bancroft Prize for her monograph, The United States and the Far Eastern Crisis, 1933-1938.


  • American Policy and the Chinese Revolution, 1925-1928 (New York: American Institute of Pacific Relations; Macmillan, 1947; rpr. New York: Octagon, 1968.
  • The United States and the Far Eastern Crisis, 1933-1938 (Harvard University Press, 1965)
  • Dorothy Borg, Shumpei Okamoto, eds. (1973). Pearl Harbor as History: Japanese-American Relations, 1931-1941. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-03890-4. 
  • Dorothy Borg, Waldo H. Heinrichs, eds. (1980). Uncertain Years: Chinese American Relations, 1947-1950. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-04738-8. 


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