Albert M. Craig

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Albert M. Craig is a historian of Japan known best, perhaps, for his survey textbooks of East Asian history. He is professor emeritus of History at Harvard University, where he taught from 1959 until his retirement.

Craig earned his BA from Northwestern University, and studied at Strasbourg University in France, and at Kyoto University, University of Tokyo, and Keio Universities before earning his PhD from Harvard. He served as head of the Harvard-Yenching Institute from 1976-1987, and has taught as a visiting professor at both Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun in 1988.

As of 2011, Craig was working on a project researching the writings of Fukuzawa Yukichi. He is married to Teruko Craig, translator of a number of works, including Musui's Story, the autobiography of late Edo period samurai Katsu Kokichi.

Selected Works

  • Choshu in the Meiji Restoration (1961)
  • Personality in Japanese History (ed., 1970)
  • Japan: A Comparative View (ed., 1973)
  • East Asia: Tradition and Transformation (co-authored with John K. Fairbank and Edwin O. Reischauer, 1989)
  • The Heritage of Chinese Civilization (2011)
  • The Heritage of Japanese Civilization (2011)


  • "About the Author," Craig, The Heritage of Chinese Civilization, Third Edition, Prentice Hall (2011), xii.