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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).He received his BA from the Korea Military Academy and his MA in History and Political Science from Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). 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)


“The Battle of An Khe Pass (1972): The Implications of the South Korean Army’s Pyrrhic Victory in the Vietnamization Phase of the Vietnam War,” International Journal of Military History and Historiography, 1-36. (Advance Article)

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

“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. 

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

“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.

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

Brief Articles

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

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


Selected Presentations

"The Implications of South Korea's Response and Conduct in the Vietnamization of the Vietnam War." 1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War Conference, Texas Tech University Vietnam Center & Archive for Peace and Conflict, Apr. 25-27, 2019.

“1968: The Turning Point of South Korea’s Conduct of the Vietnam War.” 1968 and the Tet Offensive Conference, Texas Tech University Vietnam Center & Archive, April 26-28, 2018.

“The Battle of An Khe Pass (1972): The South Korean Army’s Pyrrhic Victory in the Vietnam War.” 2018 Missouri Valley History Conference, March 1-3, 2018.

“Limitation of Alliance: The Vietnam War and the Fates of Two U.S. Cold War Asian Allies, South Korea and Taiwan.” paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference, University of Colorado Boulder, Oct. 5-7, 2017.

“The Private Military Company (PMC) in Korea.” paper presented at the Korean Military Science Educational Research Association, Korea Military Academy, Oct. 23, 2013. (in Korean)

“Dokudansenkou: Its Origins and Transformation.” paper presented at the Korean Association for Japanese History, Ehwa Womans University, Dec. 17, 2011. (in Korean)

Selected Invited Talks

“The New Phase of the North Korean Crisis,” Endaccot Society of the Alumni Association, Lawrence, Kansas, July 9, 2018.

“The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: From the South Korean Perspective,” Endaccot Society of the Alumni Association, Lawrence, Kansas, Oct. 10, 2017.

“Korea Today,” Lawrence Rotary Club, Lawrence, Kansas, May 25, 2016. 



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