I have been helping a friend with a course on the Korean War….so I am always looking for a fresh new perspective on the conflict.
From time to time I write or post an alternative history piece….a ‘what if’ as it were…..
I enjoy reading about these types of things to see what people feel about history and what they think would have changed if it had turned out differently.
Since North Korea has been in the news so much lately…I thought a ‘what if’ would be a fun piece to post…..
I feel I should start this piece with a disclaimer. I am a historian, and hence I am fully aware that my colleagues are skeptical of what is known as “alternative history” or “what-if history”. Perhaps they are correct. Political scientists have had an abysmally bad track record when they have tried to predict what will happen, so why should we take seriously the predictions of what would have happened? Indeed, we probably shouldn’t. But I will try to make such reversed prophecies – in this piece, at least.
Actually, this piece is based on a long and informal talk I once had with Konstantin Asmolov, a prominent Russian historian of Korea. A few years ago we spent much time discussing assorted “what-if” possibilities of North Korean history, the “roads not taken”.
Any ideas? Or thoughts?