History Wars and Reconciliation: Korea at the Centre

15 03 2012

Seminar by Dr Leonid Petrov, Department of Korean Studies, University of Sydney

5.30pm – 7pm, Thursday 15 March

Common Room, School of Languages & Cultures, Room 524, Brennan-McCallum Building (A18)

Lecture abstract:  Due to its central geographical position and nationalistic cultural policies, Korea is entangled in several territorial, historiographical and cultural heritage disputes with its regional neighbours. The legacy of colonialism, the unfinished Cold War, and ongoing nuclear confrontation have turned Korea into the hub of regional conflicts. Although the genuine reasons for confrontation with China and Japan are economic competition and security concerns, the long-needed regional reconciliation can be achieved only after the issues of common history are resolved and closed.

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