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Born in Leningrad (St-Petersburg) in the former USSR (1973) and educated at St-Petersburg State University (MA:1994) and Moscow State University (Ph.D. in ancient Korean history, 1996). Vladimir Tikhonov (Korean name – Pak Noja) is a professor at the Oslo University in Norway. A specialist in the history of ideas in early modern Korea, he is the author of Usō”ng yō’lp’ae ō”i sinhwa (The Myth of the Survival of the Fittest, 2005. He is the translator (with O.Miller) of Selected Writings of Han Yongun: From Social Darwinism to Socialism With a Buddhist Face (Global Oriental/University of Hawaii Press, 2008).