New Class on Early Korea at Harvard University

The Recurring Past -- Early Korea and Northeast Asia as History and Identity

Fall 2011

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00-12:00, 2 Divinity Ave., Room 212
Instructor: Mark E. Byington

With a focus on Korea's proto-historic and early historic periods, this course will explore the question of history as shaper of identity, looking at the ways the remote past surfaces repeatedly in modern context. We will examine international disputes over historical interpretation, the popularization of the ancient past in popular culture, and the politicization of history in both North and South Korea.