Sixth Former David Hall has completed an extended project on North Korea and its image in the Western world. He chose the topic because of his fascination with Asian history and he researched country’s formation, its leaders and key events that have influenced how it is perceived as a nation.
He focused on the phase between 1948 when the country was formed up until the death of its second leader Kim Jong-Il in 2011. His research materials comprised papers from university professors, online documents and books from American military personnel that gave an overview of the political and military relationship between North Korea, its southern counterpart and the wider world.
David, who is planning to study history at Leicester University, said: ‘I also looked at the speeches of President Truman. His speeches have given me a great insight into the general United States attitude towards North Korea. It was quite easy to find the resources needed which were accessible both from the internet and the library.’
He planned out his 5,000-word essay in detail, focusing on the key historical features and he ended his presentation with a question and answer session: ‘The thing I have learned from this project was in the planning and the time management skills I needed. It was really important to manage the project alongside other academic studies. By planning out the project using a Gantt chart it helped me to complete it at a reasonable pace alongside the other subjects. This topic gripped me and it is definitely something I would like to pursue in the future if a module does come up at university concerning Asian or Korean history.'