Title: A Review of the Nomonhan Incident/Khalkhyn Gol Battle (Register here)
Date: November 29, 8:00am ET | 3:00pm GMT+1 | 9:00pm ULAT | 10:00pm GMT+9
Co-sponsor: The Yokosuka Council of Asia Pacific Studies

The Battles of Khalkhin Gol were the decisive engagements of the undeclared Soviet–Japanese border conflicts fought among the Soviet Union, Mongolia, Japan and Manchukuo in 1939. The conflict was named after the river Khalkhin Gol, which passes through the battlefield. In Japan, the decisive battle of the conflict is known as the Nomonhan Incident after Nomonhan, a nearby village on the border between Mongolia and Manchuria. The battles resulted in the defeat of the Japanese Sixth Army and led to the signature of the non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Japan, significantly impacting the strategies of both powers. In this upcoming webinar we will discuss how this incident impacted strategies and relationships during and after World War II. 

 

 

About the presenters:

Dr. Borjigin Husel serves as a Professor in the Department of International Studies at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, Japan since 2016. He earned his Ph.D. and his MA at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. In 2012 he was a Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Social Anthropology, focusing in the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit. Dr. Husel has an impressive list of published articles/chapters including “The New Archive of Mongolia, Russia and China to elucidate The Battle of Khalkyn Gol/ The Nomonhan Incident,” “The Mongolian Epic of the Eurasian Grassland,” and “The Battle of Khalkyn Gol/The Nomonhan Incident” from an International Perspective.

Dr. Stuart D. Goldman is an American historian and author. His most recent book is Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army’s Victory that Shaped World War II, about the little-known battle of Nomonhan/Khalkin Gol. Dr. Goldman got his BA in History from the City University of New York – Brooklyn College and then went to Colgate University for his MA. He received his PhD from Georgetown University during which he wrote a dissertation on The forgotten war: the Soviet Union and Japan, 1937-1939. Goldman taught History at Wilson College from 1969 to 1971 and Pennsylvania State University between 1971 and 1978. He then became a specialist in Russian and Eurasian political and military affairs at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, where he worked for 30 years. Dr. Goldman has been a scholar in residence at the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research since 2009.

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