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  1. Sandra Wilson, Michael Sturma, Arjun Subrahmanyan, Dean Aszkielowicz, J. Charles Schencking, The US and the War in the Pacific, 1941-1945 (New York: Routledge, 2022). 
  2. The Great Kantō Earthquake and the Chimera of National Reconstruction in Japan. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013). 374 pages + xxii, B & W Illustrations: 61. ISBN 978-0-231-16218-0. (Companion website)
  3. Making Waves: Politics, Propaganda, and the Emergence of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1868-1922. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005). 304 pages. ISBN 0-8047-4977-9.

Published Book Reviews of The Great Kantō Earthquake and the Chimera of National Reconstruction in Japan

  1. Tamaki Tokita. Asian Studies Review 39:2 (April 2015): 344-346. 
  2. Gregory Smits. Journal of Japanese Studies 40:2 (Summer 2014): 505-509. 
  3. Peter Mauch. Japanese Studies 34:1 (May 2014): 105-107. 
  4. Martin Dusinberre. American Historical Review 119:2 (April 2014): 499-500. 
  5. Jeffrey Alexander. Environmental History 19:2 (April 2014): 367-368. 
  6. Stephen Mansfield. The Japan Times 28 December 2013. 
  7. Philip C. Brown. Choice 51:4 (December 2013). 

Published Book Reviews of Making Waves

  1. Roger Dingman (University of Southern California). The Journal of Military History70:1 (January 2006): 249-250. 
  2. Michael Lewis (Michigan State University). Monumenta Nipponica 60:3 (Autumn 2005): 412-414. 
  3. Steven Bullard (Australian War Memorial). Asian Studies Review 29:4 (December 2005): 427-428. 
  4. Bruce Reynolds (San Jose State University). Japanese Studies 25:3 (December 2005): 301-302. 
  5. Fred Dickinson (University of Pennsylvania). Pacific Affairs 78:4 (Winter 2005-06): 662-664. 
  6. S.C.M. Paine (United States Naval War College). Naval War College Review 59:3 (Summer 2006): 155-156. 
  7. Nicholas Sarantakes (US Army General Command and Army Staff College). Intelligence and National Security 21:4 (August 2006): 634-635. 
  8. William McBride (US Naval Academy). Technology and Culture 47:4 (October 2006): 833-834. 
  9. Andrew Lambert (Kings College, London). International Journal of Maritime History18:2 (December 2006): 606-607. 
  10. Michael Barnhart (State University of New York, Stony Brook). Journal of Japanese Studies 33:1 (Winter 2007): 199-201.


  1. “Generosity Betrayed: Pearl Harbor, Ingratitude, and American Humanitarian Assistance to Japan in 1923,” Pacific Historical Review 91:1 (February 2022): 66-103. University of California Press.
  2. Janet Borland and J. Charles Schencking, “Objects of Concern, Ambassadors of Gratitude: Children, Humanitarianism, and Transpacific Diplomacy Following Japan’s 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 13:2 (June 2020): 195-225. Johns Hopkins University Press. 
  3. “Giving Most and Giving Differently: Humanitarianism as Diplomacy Following Japan’s 1923 Earthquake,” Diplomatic History 43:4 (September 2019): 729-757. Oxford University Press. 
  4. “The Catastrophe One Confronted in Post Earthquake Japan: Tokyo as a Devastated War and Occupation Zone, 1923.” Japanese Studies 29:1 (May 2009): 111-129 (10,922 words) 
  5. “The Great Kanto Earthquake and the Culture of Catastrophe and Reconstruction in 1920s Japan.” Journal of Japanese Studies 34:2 (Summer 2008): 295-331. (15,400 words) 
  6. “The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and the Japanese Nation: Responding to an Urban Calamity of an Unprecedented Nature,” Education About Asia 12:2 (Fall 2007): 20-25. **Special issue on Natural Disasters in Asia** (4,673 words) 
  7. “Catastrophe, Opportunism, Contestation: The Fractured Politics of Reconstructing Tokyo following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923,” Modern Asian Studies 40:4 (October 2006): 833-874. (13,995 words) 
  8. “The Imperial Japanese Navy and the Constructed Consciousness of a South Seas Destiny, 1872-1921,” Modern Asian Studies 33:4 (October 1999): 769-796. (12,876 words). 
  9. “Bureaucratic Politics, Military Budgets, and Japan’s Southern Advance: The Imperial Navy’s Seizure of German Micronesia in World War I,” War in History 5:3 (July 1998): 308-326. (7,987 words).

Book chapters

  1. “The Imperial Japanese Navy and the First World War: Unprecedented Opportunities and Harsh Realities,” in Tosh Minohara, Tze-ki Hon, and Evan Dawely, eds., The Decade of the Great War: Japan and the Wider World in the 1910s, (Leiden: Brill, 2014): 83-106. 
  2. “Admiral Togo: The Japanese Commander Who Destroyed the Russian Fleet,” in Jeremy Black, ed., Great Military Leaders and their Campaigns, (London: Thames & Hudson, 2008): 234-237. (1,945 words) 
  3. “Interservice Rivalry and Politics in Post-War Japan,” in John Steinberg et. al., The Russo-Japanese War in a Global Perspective: World War Zero, (London: Brill, 2005): 565-580. (11,108 words). 
  4. “Navalism, Naval Expansion, and War: The Anglo-Japanese Alliance and the Japanese Navy, 1902-1922,” in Philips O’Brien, ed., The Anglo-Japanese Alliance, (London: Routledge, 2004): 122-139. (8,807 words). 
  5. “The Politics of Pragmatism and Pageantry: Selling the Navy at the Elite and Local Level in Japan, 1890-1913,” in Sandra Wilson, ed., Nation and Nationalism in Japan, (London: Routledge/Curzon, 2002): 21-37. (9,172 words). 
  6. “From Micro History to Macro History: Drawing on Japanese Soldiers’ Experiences in the Second World War,” in Peter Bastian and Roger Bell, eds., Through Depression and War: The United States and Australia, (Sydney: Australia-American Fulbright Commission, 2002): 118-128. (4,923 words).

Encyclopedia Entries, Book Reviews, and Review Articles

Charles has published four entries in the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World and one entry in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History. He has published 29 book reviews in journals including: Japanese StudiesMonumenta NipponicaJournal of World HistoryModern Asian StudiesJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society, and Asian Studies Review.

The five most recent are:

  1. Kyu Hyun Kim, The Age of Visions and Arguments: Parliamentarianism and the National Public Sphere in Early Meiji Japan (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007). Asian Studies Review 34:3 (September 2010): 385-386. 
  2. Richard Smethurst, From Foot Soldier to Finance Minister, Takahashi Korekiyo: Japan’s Keynes (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2007). Japanese Studies28:3 (December 2008): 413-415. 
  3. Asada Sadao, From Mahan to Pearl Harbor: The Imperial Japanese Navy and the United States (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2006). Pacific Historical Review 77:2 (May 2008): 357-358. 
  4. Mark Metzler, Lever of Empire: The International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006). Japanese Studies 27:2 (September 2007): 212-215. 
  5. Gregory Clancey, Earthquake Nation: The Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868-1930 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006). Monumenta Nipponica62:2 (Summer 2007): 5-8.