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Dartmouth Historian Revisits the Vietnam War (Valley News)

Edward Miller, an associate professor of history, says most American histories of the Vietnam War omit a crucial element, the Vietnamese themselves, the Valley News writes.

“The Vietnam War was a hugely important event in U.S. history, but it has been written about and studied overwhelmingly from the American side. I’m trying to reframe that debate,” says Miller, whose new book is Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam.

Registration is required to read the full story, published 5/10/13 by the Valley News.

Students Study Alumnus Known as ‘Korea’s Favorite American’

Growing up in South Korea, Jun Bum Sun ’14 had heard of an American activist who’d advocated for Korean independence. But it wasn’t until he arrived in Hanover that he felt a connection to the man known as “Korea’s favorite American.”

“I’d read about him in history textbooks,” he says. “But I had no idea he was a Dartmouth alumnus.”

The activist was Homer Hulbert of the Class of 1884. After arriving on campus, Jun learned that Hulbert went to Dartmouth.

“It was fascinating,” Jun says. “Why would this American want to help Korea?”

Hulbert became a figure of fascination for Jun, as well as his friend and roommate, Karl Schutz ’14. The two history majors worked as interns last year for the Homer Hulbert Memorial Society in Seoul, South Korea. Now, Jun and Schutz want to help spread Hulbert’s story throughout Korea and across campus.

Symposium to Highlight History of Armed Service

The history department will host “Military Service and National Obligation: A Symposium,” featuring lectures and a roundtable discussion about the history of armed service, on October 5 and 6.

The symposium will explore themes from President Emeritus James Wright’s most recent book, Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them (PublicAffairs, a member of Perseus Books 2012). Dartmouth faculty members from the history, English, geography, government, and women and gender studies departments will lecture and present papers on ancient to contemporary military history, both in America and abroad.

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