Historians without Borders Webinar “Direction of European History: Past and Future of an Illusion?”

Anna Ivanova Opportunities ,

Historians without Borders in Finland and the secretariat of the International Network of Historians without Borders invite you to join this webinar with Professor Timothy Garton Ash at the University of Oxford addressing us on the Direction of European History: Past and Future of an Illusion? The webinar will take place on October 19 at 15:00 CET.

This will be the first of a new series of virtual events that Historians without Borders is arranging to discuss issues of History with a particular emphasis on our work bringing together historians interested in and working on conflict resolution and the role that history plays in conflicts.

Register for the webinar by October 16 at hwb.fi/tga. Link for the webinar will be sent to you on October 18.

For more information on Historians without Borders visit their website: hwb.fi. For the Biography of Timothy Garton Ash go to timothygartonash.com/biography.php

Call for Applications: “Academy of Korean Studies Program for Textbook Specialists in Europe” Webinar

The Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) is pleased to announce a call for applications for a webinar entitled "AKS Program for Textbook Specialists in Europe." AKS, a South Korean government-funded research institution, is planning to hold a webinar in which lectures about various aspects of Korea including history, art, and contemporary society are delivered and participants will present and discuss relevant topics. This program is designed for educating secondary school teachers, textbook authors, and college or university professors at the undergraduate level who are interested in Korea.

On the first day of the program, prominent Koreanists will deliver lectures about Korean history, inter-Korean relations, and Korean art. On the second day, participants will give presentations on and discuss education on Korea in European schools and Korea-related textbook or educational materials.

*All participants must have a webinar compatible application (For example ZOOM).


  • 1st day: October 17, 2020 (Sat)
  • 2nd day: October 18, 2020 (Sun)


Eligibility: Secondary school teachers, textbook authors, and college or university professors who:

  • have an interest in teaching about Korea.
  • have an interest in writing about Korea in textbooks or creating Korea-related educational materials.


How to Apply

  • Applicants are required to complete and submit an application form that can be found here.


Application Deadline: August 14, 2020

  • Successful applicants will be notified individually by early September 2020.
  •  Successful applicants must submit their presentation by October 4, 2020 and should attend the seminar and the lectures.
  • Speakers will be paid an honorarium for their presentation.


Please note the following:

  • Send applications to the following address aksprogram@aks.ac.kr with the subject line “AKS Program for Textbook Specialists in Europe”.
  • Submissions should be made electronically. All documents must be in PDF format.
  • The file name should be: Last name, First name. For example: Bowie, David.


Further questions should be directed to Dr. Jaeyun Jeong via aksprogram@aks.ac.kr


Consequences of the Paris Peace Conference

On 18 June 1919 a young man working as a kitchen assistant at the Ritz Hotel in Paris sent a letter to US Secretary of State Lansing, who was a delegate at the Paris Peace Conference. He signed it, Nguyên Ái Quõc, a nom de plume meaning ‘Nguyên who loves his country’. His given name was Nguyên Sinh Cung, but we know him better as Hõ Chí Minh, leader of the Viêt Minh Independence movement that fought the occupying forces of Vichy France and Japan during World War Two and then fought French colonial forces from 1945 to 1954 followed by US forces from 1955 to 1975 (the Vietnam War).

He attached to the letter a petition titled The Claims of the Annamite People (the name used by the French colonial administration for the people who now live in Vietnam. At the time Annam was a protectorate within French-controlled Indochina. In that petition he and his associates – ‘The Group of Annamite Patriots’ – called for full civil rights for the Annamite people, a free press, the same rule of law as in France, an amnesty for Annamites imprisoned for their political activism, and a permanent Annamite delegation to the French National Assembly. Lansing replied that he would pass on the Note to President Wilson but no further action was taken. Hõ also sent copies of the petition to all the other political delegations at the Paris Conference. In the meantime a copy of the petition was published in L’Humanité, the French Socialist newspaper and copies were handed out on the streets in Paris. In 1920 Hõ Chí Minh was a founder member of the French Communist Party and then in 1923 left Paris to live in Moscow where he worked for the Comintern. In 1940 he acted as a link between Moscow and the Chinese Communists and then returned to Annam in 1941.

We can only speculate as to whether  a more positive response from Wilson would have enabled the USA to avoid a costly and futile 20-year war in the second half of the 20th century.

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