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Institute for Korean Studies Lecture: Zachary Matusheski, "Reassessing Ike: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Korean War"


Monday, December 03, 2018, 12:30PM - 2:20PM


The Institute for Korean Studies presents: Zachary Matusheski, post-doctoral historian in residence, Department of History, "Reassessing Ike: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Korean War."

Reaching an armistice agreement in the Korean War was no easy process. Months and months of acrimonious debate mixed with bloody, costly fights near the 38th parallel. Frustration over the armistice process animated the 1952 presidential campaign culminating in then-candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower's iconic pledge to go to Korea. Over the first months of Eisenhower's administration, North Korean, Chinese, and United Nations Command forces found an armistice. This talk will analyze the last months of the armistice negotiations and how Eisenhower's experience during this early part of his presidency shaped his defense policy. Lessons learned during this critical moment in the Korean War and Korean history shaped the 1950s, 1960s, and beyond. 

Location : 120 Mershon Center
Contact : East Asian Studies Center

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