The Unexpected Origins of the Division of Korea: How Korea Was Divided and Why It Matters
Friday, December 6, 2019
Fluno Center, Howard Auditorium
Historian David Fields will speak on how the division of Korea was much more than a last-minute decision taken by two colonels in August 1945. Instead, it happened in a much longer sequence of events that has its origin in the 19th century — in an obscure treaty — and in Americans’ belief in their own exceptionalism. Fields will discuss his new book on the origins of the division of Korea and how this history shapes events on the Korean peninsula today.