Lecture: Understanding the Unforgotten War

The dis­tin­guished mil­i­tary his­to­ri­an Allan R. Mil­lett will present a lec­ture on the Kore­an War Thurs­day, Decem­ber 9, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um.

The lec­ture, titled “Korea, 1948–1954: Under­stand­ing the Unfor­got­ten War,” is co-spon­sored by the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, the UH Depart­ment of His­to­ry, and the Col­lege of Arts and Human­i­ties.

Allan Mil­lett has been direc­tor of the Eisen­how­er Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Stud­ies and Stephen E. Ambrose Pro­fes­sor of His­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of New Orleans since 2006. He is also Ray­mond E. Mason, Jr. Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Mil­i­tary His­to­ry at The Ohio State Uni­ver­si­ty, where he taught for thir­ty-sev­en years, and is the senior mil­i­tary advi­sor at The Nation­al World War II Muse­um.

Mil­lett, a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, is a spe­cial­ist in the his­to­ry of Amer­i­can mil­i­tary pol­i­cy and twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry wars and mil­i­tary insti­tu­tions and the author of sev­en books.

In the past decade, Mil­lett has become a spe­cial­ist of inter­na­tion­al stature on the his­to­ry of the Kore­an War. He began his work on the war as a Ful­bright Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor at the Kore­an Nation­al Defense Uni­ver­si­ty in 1991 and a fel­low of the Korea Foun­da­tion in 1996. Among his writ­ings are twen­ty-sev­en essays, arti­cles, ency­clo­pe­dia entries, and com­men­taries on the Kore­an War. He was instru­men­tal in the Depart­ment of Defense’s revi­sion of the Amer­i­can deaths (all caus­es) sta­tis­tics in the war from 54,246 to 36,574.

In addi­tion to his own orig­i­nal work, he served as an edi­to­r­i­al con­sul­tant to the Repub­lic of Korea Min­istry of Defense for the revised and trans­lat­ed Kore­an offi­cial his­to­ry, The Kore­an War, 3 vols. (1998–1999), for which he arranged an Amer­i­can edi­tion (2000–2001). He also served as co-edi­tor of Mao’s Gen­er­als Remem­ber Korea (2001) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Yi Xiaop­ing and Yu Bin.

Millet’s most recent books are two vol­umes on the his­to­ry of the Kore­an War. The first vol­ume, The War for Korea, 1945–1950: A House Burn­ing, was pub­lished by the Uni­ver­si­ty Press of Kansas in 2005. The sec­ond vol­ume, The War for Korea, 1950–1951: They Came from the North, was pub­lished by Kansas in 2010.

Millett’s lec­ture is free of charge and open to all. Lim­it­ed paid park­ing is avail­able in a lot adja­cent to the Cen­ter. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041.