Ivy League his­to­rian returns prize af­ter ci­ta­tions ques­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — A Columbia Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor who spe­cial­izes in mod­ern Korean and East Asian his­tory has re­turned a 2014 prize he re­ceived from the Amer­i­can His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion af­ter some sources in the winning book were ques­tioned. Charles K. Armstrong, au­thor of “Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992,’’ won the as­so­ci­a­tion’s John K. Fair­bank Prize but came un­der crit­i­cism when more than 70 ci­ta­tions were chal­lenged.

In response, Armstrong said he submitted 52 corrections for the book’s next edi­tion. On his web­site, he de­fended his work: “The er­rors did not cause se­ri­ous dam­age to any schol­arly field or to the va­lid­ity of the book it­self.’’

The Amer­i­can His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, the largest pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing his­to­ri­ans, said last week that Armstrong re­turned the prize “out of re­spect’’ for the as­so­ci­a­tion.

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