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Korean History: Why study it?
March 6, 2017 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Monday, March 6th
Lecture by Dr. Michael J. Seth (James Madison University)
Often overshadowed by China and Japan, Korea has a long and rich history that is distinctive from either. Korea’s history has been one of extremes: in its historical continuity, in its ethnic homogeneity, in the intensity of its modern nationalism, in the rapidity of its economic and social transformation, and in the extraordinarily divergent paths North and South have taken. As a result the story of Korea is not only fascinating but extremely valuable for the insights it provides into East Asian and in world history.
Michael J. Seth is a Professor of History at James Madison University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii, his M.A. and B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Seth is the author of Education Fever: Society, Politics and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea (2002), A Concise History of Korea (second edition, 2016), and editor of The Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History (2016). He is currently completing a manuscript of North Korea’s socio-economic development.
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