Walter E. Gourlay

Retired History Professor.
Specialist: East Asia Modern History
Consultant on “The History of the Chinese Communist Party” by Chiang
Kuo-t’ao (1971)
Also writing Biography of Chiang Kai-shek (In Progress),
Research on the connections between Chiang Kai-shek and Mussolini and the first American contact with Japan via
Nagasaki and the Dutch East India Company during the Napoleonic Wars.

Walter Gourlay’s Education
Harvard University
Ph.D., Asian History. History of China. History of Japan. Maritime
History. 1963 – 1967

Fulbright Research Grant to Hong Kong and Taiwan, 1964-65 for research on
Chiang Kai-shek and Sun Yat-sen.
Disseration Topc: “The Kuomintang and the Rise of Chiang Kai-shek.” 1967
Have delivered papers at academic conferences, among them “The Chinese
Communist Cadre: Key to Political Control,” “Chiang Kai-shek and
Mussolini,” “William R. Stewart in Deshima during the Napleonic Wars.” Now
working on a political biography of Chiang Kai-shek during the 1920′s.
Also have published short stories

Activities and Societies: Charter member of Central Coast Writers, branch
of the California Writers Club. Given Jack London Award by California
Writers Club, 2006

Interests: Modern China, Maritime History, Local New York History, Marxism,

Groups and Associations: Association for Asian Studies, World History
Association, National Writers Union, California Writers Club

Honors and Awards: Fulbright Research Grant 1964-65, Social Sciences
Research Council Grant 1966-67, Midwest Consortium Research Grant 1972,
California Writers Club Jack London Award 2006.