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History Education and Reconciliation

Comparative Perspectives on East Asia

Unsuk Han, Takahiro Kondo, Biao Yang and Falk Pingel

The legacy of crimes committed during the Second World War in East Asia is still a stumbling block for reconciliation and trustful cultural relations between South Korea, China and Japan. The presentation of this issue in history school books is in the focus of a heated public and academic debate. This book written by historians and pedagogues from the three countries offers insight into the construction of historical narratives that are often nation-centered and foster exclusive identity patterns. However, the essays also reveal approaches to a more inclusive regional concept of East Asian history that puts the textbook debate into the wider framework of transitional justice.

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Bu, Ping is the Director of the Institute of Modern History, Chinese Academy of Social Sci- ences in Beijing (China). His research interests include the history of Sino-Japanese relations with particular emphasis on the Sino-Japanese war. He is a co-author of A History to Open the Future, the China-Japan-Korea common history textbook. Chang, Sei-yoon, a Senior Research Fellow at the Northeast Asian History Foundation, re- ceived his Ph.D. in modern history of Korea from Sungkyunkwan University (South Korea). He served as a researcher at the Independence Hall of Korea (Institute of Korean Independ- ence Movement Studies) and the Koguryo Research Foundation. He taught modern and con- temporary history of Korea at Kookmin University, Sungkyunkwan University, and Hongik University. He authored a variety of publications on the relations between Korea, China and Japan and on Korean modern and contemporary history, including Jungguk dongbukjiyeok minjokundong gwa Hanguk hyeondaesa [Korean National Movements in Northeastern China and Korean Contemporary History], Seoul, 2005. Chung, Jae-jeong is the President of the Northeast Asian History Foundation in Seoul (South Korea) and a professor of Korean history at the University of Seoul. He is a reknown special- ist in the history of modern Korea and Korean-Japanese relations. He received his Ph.D. in Korean modern history from Seoul National University where he was the Dean of the College of Humanities. Chung has been involved in history education projects with South Korean and Japanese historians and teachers for many years. He led a committee jointly established by the governments of...

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