Since its affiliation in 1970, the Korean National Committee participated for over 30 years in every international congress of historical sciences where more than 2000 historians around the world gathered together, in which Korean historians joined as reporters of papers, discussants, or as observers. Through this participation in international scholarly activities, they have contributed to the development of historical disciplines, domestically and abroad.

  Particularly in July 2005, two specialized themes which the Korean National Committee proposed for the Sydney Congress were scheduled on program, and Korean historians were eagerly looking forward to these upcoming sessions. A panel entitled 'Colonialism and Post-Colonialism' was to expect lively participation from the part of Korean historians in the analysis of data and facts, presenting valid interpretations to urge foreign fellow colleagues through heated discussions. But due to the unexpected procedural mistake done by the Bureau the panel was organized only to focus on the British-Indian problems. Regrettably, the discussant designated by the Korean National Committee withdrew from the panel, because his expertise was relevant with Japanese colonial rule of Korea.

  On the other hand, the specialized theme entitled 'Textbooks: From a Narrative of the Nation to the Narrative of Citizens," which was proposed jointly by the Korean and Japanese National Committees, aimed to criticize not only the issues of distorted history textbooks, but any misuse of history for political pretexts. The joint venture as such was a kind of landmark that the cooperative relations between two neighboring nations in terms of history made much progress. A Korean expert on Asian history presented a paper, and the discussant from the Korean National Committee participated in the discussion. The joint session surely contributed to further cooperation among historians of both nations.

 

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