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North Korea Crisis



Thursday 16th November


7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

in St. James’s

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Price Non-Member £70



Thursday 16 November

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm



Carlton Club

69 St James’s Street

St James’s

London SW1A 1PJ



Pierre Rigoulot, historian and author, will paint a historical picture (how we got there) and factual (the roots of the problem), before explaining the present situation. What are the upheavals and international challenges?



Pierre Rigoulot was born in Paris on February 12, 1944. Secondary education in high school Carnot then of philosophy at the Sorbonne. He is the holder of CAPES, the secondary education. He teaches philosophy in various secondary schools in central France (1967-1976) and then in the area of Paris (1976-1986).

He joined the Board of Directors of the magazine « Les Temps Modernes », the journal of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, but left it in 1982, disagreeing on the Polish question, which he said was insufficiently critical, with regard to communism.

In 1984, he became a member of the Institute of Social History, founded by Boris Souvarine, and devoted to the study of communism, socialism and unionism. He holds first the position of librarian.

He published Les Français au Goulag (Fayard 1984), then La tragédie des Malgré-Nous, (Denoël 1990). This book deals with the French men of Alsace and Moselle forcibly incorporated into the German army from 1942 to 1945. This theme reprinted in Alsace-Lorraine in the war 1939-1945 (PUF 1997)

Rigoulot collaborates with the magazines East and West, History, International Politics, International geopolitics.

In 1991, he published The Children of the Purge (Plon ed.), on relations complexities of the children of « collaborators » with their fathers and then in 1993 Paupières Lourdes at the Editions Universitaires, on the history of taking conscience and the blindness of the French intellectuals towards the gulag.

At that time, he began to pay close attention to Korea, where he was a regular visitor and he started to publish articles on the situation in North Korea.

In 1997, he participated to the Black Book of Communism (Ed. Robert Laffont) for the chapter on North Korea and published, together with the historian Ilios Yannakakis, Un pavé dans l’histoire (Laffont 1998), which presents the French debate around the Black Book of Communism.

Pierre Rigoulot becomes in the 1990s the animator of the Institute of History organizing symposia, debates and editorial the magazine Les Cahiers d’Histoire Sociale, which became Histoire et Liberté in 2006.

In September 2000, he published with a North Korean refugee, Kang Cheol Hwan, the first testimony in the West on the North Korean camps (this book was translated into a dozen languages). Its French title: Les aquariums de Pyongyang (Laffont editions).

Pïerre Rigoulot continued his reflection on the camps and published in October 2000 Le Siècle des camps with J.C. Lattès, together with the Belgian historian Joël Kotek, a general history of the camps (internment, concentration and extermination)

It also establishes a North Korean People’s Aid Committee and publishes in 2003 « North Korea, rogue state » (Buchet-Chastel ed., new edition in 2007)

The hot topic in the Middle East does not leave him indifferent. In 2004, the publishes L’antiaméricanisme, critique d’un prêt à penser radical et chauvin (Laffont éd.), co-head with the journalist Michel Taubmann a book collective: Iraq, Year I, another look at a world at war, published by Rocher, then went to Baghdad and published in June at Buchet-Chastel, with Ilios Yannakakis, First come back from Baghdad.

Pierre Rigoulot writes in 2007 Coucher de Soleil sur la Havane, published by Flammarion, an assessment of the Cuban revolution and co-writes the Dictionnaire du communisme (Larousse 2007).

Member of the Steering Committee of the SIDH (International Society for the Human Rights) from 1988 to 2009, he is, since 2006, director of the Institute of History social in Nanterre and Director of the magazine Histoire et Liberté.

Since 2006, he teaches history and literature at the all of Puisaye-Forterre « , in the Yonne.

In 2010 he published a book on the myth of Che Guevara: The True Story by Ernesto Guevara (eds.). He entered the editorial board of the journal Comment.

In 2011, he annotates and writes an afterword to the Mémoires d’un authentique prolétaire, memories of Lucien Cancouët (1894-1967), a trade unionist friend of Boris Souvarine, published by Vendémiaire and then, in April 2012, the postface to the French translation of Rescapé du camp 14 (ed. Belfont).

Finally, he published a biography of Georges Albertini (1911-1983. in the fall of 2012.

Pierre Rigoulot holds a Ph.D. in Political Science since November 2015

He is preparing a book on North Korea for the Buchet-Chastel editions.

Pierre Rigoulot has been married since June 30, 2017 to Mrs. Teresa Alvarez.