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Memoir

Ernest P. Young
Regents' Proceedings 334

Ernest P. Young, Ph.D., professor of history in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 2002.

In 1954, Professor Young received his A.B. degree from Harvard College. He then earned his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1958 and 1965, respectively. From 1954-56, Professor Young was an instructor in English at Kumamoto University, Japan, and from 1965-68 he served as an assistant professor at Dartmouth College. Professor Young joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as an associate professor in 1968. He was promoted to professor in 1974. Professor Young served as associate chair of the history department from 1993-95, and he was appointed the Richard Hudson Professor of History in 1998.

From 1998 to 2000, Professor Young served as the director of the Center for Chinese Studies. As a historian of Chinese history, Professor Young published numerous articles on nationalism, reform, and revolution in early twentieth century China. This focus was exemplified in his book published by the University of Michigan Press, The Presidency of Yuan Shih-k'ai: Liberalism and Dictatorship in Early Republican China. More recently, Professor Young began exploring Catholicism in nineteenth and twentieth century China through an examination of an institution-the French Religious Protectorate. This project elucidates how the French Religious Protectorate operated in China and analyzes the protectorates role in shaping Sino-foreign relations at state and local levels during this period.

The Regents salute this distinguished scholar by naming Ernest P. Young professor emeritus of history.