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Book talk: A New History of South and North

Date: Friday 8 September 2023, 6pm (Doors open 5:30pm)
KCCUK | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW | | [Map]

Tickets: Free | Register before midnight on 31 August
Book cover of Korea: A New History of the North and the South

KCCUK is pleased to announce an in-person talk about Korea: A New History of South and North with Ramon Pacheco Pardo and Victor Cha. Published by Yale University Press, Korea: A New History of South and North was released June 2023.

About the book

Korea has a long, riveting history—it is also a divided nation. South Korea is a vibrant democracy, the tenth largest economy, and is home to a world-renowned culture. North Korea is ruled by the most authoritarian regime in the world, a poor country in a rich region, and is best known for the cult of personality surrounding the ruling Kim family. But both Koreas share a unique common history.

Victor Cha and Ramon Pacheco Pardo draw on decades of research to explore the history of modern Korea, from the late nineteenth century, Japanese occupation, and Cold War division to the present day. A small country caught amongst the world’s largest powers—including China, Japan, Russia, and the United States—Korea’s fate has been closely connected to its geography and the strength of its leadership and society. This comprehensive history sheds light on the evolving identities of the two Koreas, explaining the sharp differences between North and South, and prospects for unification.

The authors explore the differences between North and South Korea and their competing ideologies and evaluate the future prospects for unification of the Korean Peninsula.


Ramon Pacheco Pardo is Professor of International Relations at King’s College London, the KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance of Vrije Universiteit Brussel and frequent media commentator on North East Asian affairs and Europe-East Asia relations.

Victor Cha is former Director for Asian Affairs in the White House’s National Security Council and was George W. Bush’s top advisor on North Korean affairs. He is currently the Director of the Asian Studies at Georgetown University and a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Moderator – Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra

Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra is Reader in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at King’s Business School. She is the author of The Venture Capital State: The Silicon Valley Model in East Asia (Cornell University Press, 2018) and Inclusive Innovation (with Alex Glennie and Courtney Savie Lawrence, Routledge, 2022).

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