Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wilson Center opens website on modern Korean history

I expect this will be very useful to those who study Korea.  I just did a quick survey and I think anyone who is interested in modern Korean history from 1945 on will find this very valuable (though there are those who will argue that you cannot truly understand Korea by starting in 1945.  Some would argue for an understanding of the US-Korea relationship you need to go back to 1866 and the sinking of the USS General Sherman on the Taedong River and the 1905 treaty of Portsmouth ending the Russo-japanese War and ceding Korea to the japanese sphere of influence.  And then are others who would argue that you cannot really understand Korean history unless you back a few millennia.  But those criticisms aside I think that this web sire will be very useful.

Here is the correct link to the Wislon Center site:

Wilson Center opens website on modern Korean history

2013/08/19 08:55

By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. think tank has launched a special website on modern Korean history that features a rare collection of declassified documents from dozens of countries.
The online Modern Korean History Portal (http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.ormodern-korean-history-portal) was developed by the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.
The institute has operated the History and Public Policy Program (HAPP) to find little-known episodes in inter-Korean, U.S.-Korean and North Korea-communist bloc relations, and analyze them.
"The historical documents presented in the ever-expanding Modern Korean History Portal provide fresh, policy-relevant insights into the recent history of the two Koreas," the center said Sunday in a press release.
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