26 May 2009
Academic Conscience or History of Politics?
By: Dr. Haruo Tohmatsu— 2008-2009
No nation is free from disputes and confrontations between other nations. These disputes often derive from territorial and economic interests, control of naturaL resources, etc. However, recent cases show that another source of intra-nation disputes arises from the interpretation and perception of historical facts. As part of a recent Stanford project on historical studies/education and reconciliation between states, Dr. Tohmatsu undertook research into the ways in which several controversial historical events in East Asia are taught by historians in each of the countries involved, and the implications of this for international relations today.