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Hosub Shim

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Hosub Shim is a doctoral candidate in the history department at the University of Kansas. He is a Major in the Republic of Korea Army and since 2011, an assistant professor in the Military History Department at the Korea Military Academy (Seoul, Korea). Major Shim received his BA from the Korea Military Academy in 2006, and his MA in History and Political Science from Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) in 2011. His dissertation, winner of 2018 Adams-Collins Cold War military history Dissertation Grant, explores South Korean combat troops’ conduct of the Vietnam War between 1965 and 1973. 

Selected Publications


Masasi, Kubota. The Military Revolution in Japan. Translated. Seoul: Yangseogak, 2010. (in Korean)

Journal Articles

Journey to Equality: Establishment of the Relationship Between the United States and Republic of Korea Forces in the Vietnam War.” Journal of Military History. (Works in Progress)

“The Shaping of Dokudansenkou Concept in the Imperial Japanese Army (1871-1909): A Study of the IJA's Thought on Military Leadership.” Journal of Japanese History, vol. 38 (Dec. 2013): 185-211. (in Korean)

Hitoshi, Matsui. “The Research on Sui andTang Dynasties’ Expedition to Goguryeo.” Translated. Journal of Korean Ancient History Studies, vol. 14 (Aug. 2013): 277-312. (in Korean)  

“Why Did the Imperial Japanese Army Embrace the Short-Term Decisive Warfare and Close Combat Doctrine?: The IJA’s Recognition and Response to WWI.” Gunsa [Journal of Military History], vol. 86 (Mar. 2013): 1-22. (in Korean)

“Dokudansenkou of Modern Japanese Army and the Mukden Incident.” Journal of Manchurian Studies, vol. 12 (Dec. 2011): 159-179. (in Korean)

Brief Articles

“Different but Similar: Patton and Rommel.” Yuksa Sinbo [KMA Newspaper], March 2013. (in Korean)

“War Stories in Film.” Kukbang Il Bo [The Korea Defense Daily], A Weekly Newspaper Serial, 2012-2013. (in Korean)


Selected Presentations

“1968: The Turning Point of South Korea’s Conduct of the Vietnam War.” 1968 and the Tet Offensive Conference, Lubbock, April 2018.

“The Battle of An Khe Pass (1972): The South Korean Army’s Pyrrhic Victory in the Vietnam War.” 2018 Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 2018.

“Limitation of Alliance: The Vietnam War and the Fates of Two U.S. Cold War Asian Allies, South Korea and Taiwan.” Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference, Boulder, October 2017.

“The Private Military Company (PMC) in Korea.” The Korean Military Science Educational Research Association, Seoul, October 2013. (in Korean)

“Dokudansenkou: Its Origins and Transformation.” The Korean Association for Japanese History, Seoul, December 2011. (in Korean)

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