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Yana Hashamova

An article by Yana Hashamova, Mershon affiliate and director of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, has won the Heldt Prize for best article from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

"War Rape: (Re)defining Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Nationhood" was published in Embracing Arms: Cultural Representation of Slavic and Balkan Women in War, edited by Helena Goscilo and Yana Hashamova (Central European University Press, 2012).

The roots of both the article and book go back to the 2007 International Conference on Women and War, organized by Hashamova and Goscilo and supported by the Mershon Center.

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The latest book by Peter Mansoor, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Chair in Military History, has been named runner-up for best biography/autobiography by the Southern California Book Festival.  

Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (Yale University Press, 2013) is an insider's view of the most decisive phase of the Iraq War.  Before coming to The Ohio State University, Mansoor was executive officer to Gen. Petraeus during the time the surge strategy was developed and implemented.

Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, author notes, and published sources, Surge explains how President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ambassador Crocker, Gen. Petraeus, and other U.S. and Iraqi political and military leaders shaped the surge from the center of the maelstrom in Baghdad and Washington. 

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Philip Brown

Philip Brown, professor of Japanese and East Asian history, was among the 14 faculty members from The Ohio State University selected as recipients of prestigious Fulbright fellowships for 2013-14.

Brown will research his project on "Dam Imperialism: The Case of the Wusantou Dam, Tainan, and Related Projects" at the Institute for Taiwan History at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, during spring 2014.

Brown is an expert in early modern and modern Japanese history with interests in the history of technology, environmental history and state-society relations from the 15th to 19th centuries.

He recently published a monograph on joint arable land holding systems (warichi), Cultivating Commons: Joint Ownership of Arable Land in Early Modern Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2011).

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Two Mershon-affiliated graduate student affiliates are embarking on a new journey this year as part of the record number of Fulbright Scholarship winners at The Ohio State University.

John Knight and John Douglas Johnson, both doctoral students in history, will be working on their Mershon-supported dissertation projects in China and Russia respectively.

John Knight

Knight will spend a year in China researching "Is This the Final Struggle? Popular and Elite Attitudes within China toward the International Socialist Movement, 1917-1956," which examines Chinese views of the Soviet Union from the October Revolution of 1917 until Nikita Khrushchev's "Secret Speech" of 1956.

The Mershon Center supported Knight in conducting eight weeks of preliminary research during summer 2012 at archives in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Harbin, and Shenyang.  He used the knowledge and experience he gained to parlay his project into a successful application for the Fulbright.

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