Ian Hill Nish CBE (3 June 1926 - ) is a British academic, a specialist in Japanese studies, and Emeritus Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is an expert on the Anglo-Japanese Alliance and Japanese foreign policy.
Nish was born in Edinburgh in 1926.
World War II gave opportunity to many young non-Japanese to become specialists in Japanese studies; and Ian Nish was one of them..
He studied at the School of Japanese Studies in Simla and Karachi in British India.
- Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits (1994), with James Hoare
- The History of Anglo-Japanese Relations: The Political-diplomatic Dimension (2000)
- The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-5] (2003)
Nish argues that "a foreign scholar of Japan is often only a middleman attempting to distill the ideas of Japanese scholars".
- LSE: Ian Nish
- Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation: Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits, book launch.
- Kenrick, Vivienne. "Personality Profile: Ian Nish," Japan Times. September 18, 2004 -- May '08.
- WorldCat Identities: Nish, Ian Hill
- Nish, Ian. Collected Writings, Part 1, p. xii.
- Japan Academy, Honorary member
- Japan Foundation Award, 1991