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Dissertation Presentation

Student Name: Paul Behringer
Graduate Level: PhD
Field of Study: History
Committee Chair: Max Paul Friedman
Committee Members: Eric Lohr, Justin Jacob, and John Milton Cooper 
Date of Presentation: June 25, 2020
Time of Presentation: 10 AM
Title of Dissertation: U.S. and Japanese Intervention in the Russian Civil War: Violence and Barbarism in the Far East. 
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This dissertation examines the U.S. and Japanese intervention in the Russian Civil War from 1918 to 1922. It assesses the civil war’s impact on U.S.-Soviet-Japanese relations by integrating the local, regional, and international perspectives of the conflict. Rather than emphasizing the intervention as the origins of the Cold War, the dissertation argues for analyzing this event in the context of its own time and place. It finds that the significance of U.S. and Japanese interference in the Russian Civil War lies in its effect on U.S.-Soviet-Japanese relations during the conflict and into the 1920s and 1930s. In particular, it demonstrates that strategies and perceptions of violence had a major impact on the civil war and the U.S-Soviet-Japanese triangular relationship.