Bruce Cumings
Bruce Cumings

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Name: Bruce Cumings
Occupation: Teacher
Gender: Male
Birth Day: September 5, 1943
Age: 79
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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Bruce Cumings

Bruce Cumings was born on September 5, 1943 in United States (79 years old). Bruce Cumings is a Teacher, zodiac sign: Virgo. Find out Bruce Cumingsnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He wrote on such topics as the Korean War, East Asian industrialization, and North Korean isolation.

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Before Fame

After studying psychology at Denison University, he traveled to Korea as a member of the Peace Corps. He later earned advanced degrees from Columbia University and Indiana University.

Biography Timeline


Cumings was born in Rochester, New York, on September 5, 1943. He was raised in Iowa and Ohio, where his father, Edgar C. Cumings, was a college administrator. He worked summers for five years, three of them at the Republic Steel plant in Cleveland, to put himself through Denison University, with further help from a baseball scholarship. He graduated with a degree in Psychology in 1965, then served in the Peace Corps in Korea in 1967–68 before taking an M.A. at Indiana University. He then earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1975. He taught at Swarthmore College, University of Washington, Northwestern University, and University of Chicago. In 1999 he was elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


In a talk given at the University of Chicago in 2003, Cumings declared that the United States had "occupied" South Korea for 58 years. In 1945, he explained, Chinese and Soviet armies were in the North of Korea, Americans in the South. The Soviets withdrew in 1948 and the Chinese in 1958, but U.S. troops remained in South Korea; in the event of war the U.S. commander would control the South Korean army. He disputed the contention that North Korea had cheated on the October 1994 Agreed Framework.

In 2003, the University of Chicago awarded Cumings for "Excellence in Graduate Teaching." Four years later, he was awarded the Kim Dae Jung Prize for "Scholarly Contributions to Democracy, Human Rights, and Peace." Cumings has been described as "the left's leading scholar of Korean history." Scholars have called his work revisionist. Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies scholar Kathryn Weathersby wrote that Cumings’ two-volume study of the origins of the Korean War was the "most important revisionist account," and she reports Cumings' conclusions that "the question remains open whether it was in fact the DPRK or the ROK that initiated the military action on 25 June 1950." University of Georgia historian William W. Stueck agreed that Cumings' work was "revisionist", and did not find it convincing, but said "I do not regard revisionism as a pejorative label... That usage simply has to do with the time frame within which the arguments became prominent among American scholars." Cumings, Stueck continued, published more than a generation after the start of the war and his arguments "challenged the views that the war was largely international in nature and that the American participation in it was – with at least one prominent exception – defensive and wise.” Historian Allan R. Millet argued that the work's "eagerness to cast American officials and policy in the worst possible light, however, often leads him to confuse chronological cause and effect and to leap to judgments that cannot be supported by the documentation he cites or ignores." Cumings himself has rejected the "revisionist" label. Matt Gordon in Socialist Review praised Cumings' North Korea: Another Country (2003) as a "good read ... for an introduction to this member of 'the axis of evil', especially given the lack of books on the subject which aren't hysterical denunciations from the U.S. right or hymns of praise from Stalinists." Reviewing The Korean War (2010) William Stueck wrote that "Cumings displays a limited grasp of sources that have emerged since he published his second volume on the war's origins in 1990", and that readers "wanting an up-to-date account of the war in all its complexity should look elsewhere ".

Family Life

Bruce's second marriage -- to University of Virginia administrator Meredith Jung-En Woo -- produced two children.

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