Jan 1, 2020
This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Andrew Logie. They speak about the epidemic of Korean pseudo-history, how Korean history has been co-opted to serve nationalistic purposes, the threat that this field of pseudo-history is presenting to real historians and efforts to construct an evidence-based history of Korea, the methods that pseudo-historians use to manipulate evidence and construct false narratives, specific instances of this relating to the history of Old Choson, the Three Kingdoms, and Tangun (Dangun), amongst others, and importantly, what the historical record actually indicates about such important moments in Korean history.
Andrew Logie is an Assistant Professor at the University of Helsinki. His research interests include popular and pseudo historiography pertaining to early Korea and northern East Asia, and comparative historiography. A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Helsinki with a postdoctoral period spent at Leiden University. His doctoral thesis comprises a survey of popular Korean historiography from the 13th century to the present. You can follow Andrew’s research at: https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/andrew-logie and pertinent to this podcast he is the author of: ‘Diagnosing and Debunking Korean Pseudohistory’ (https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/publications/diagnosing-and-debunking-korean-pseudohistory), and ‘Coalescence of Dangun’ (https://www.academia.edu/35181865/Logie_2015_Coalescence_of_Dangun).
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