North Korea Under Communism

Author by : Cornell Erik
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Description : After the collapse of the Soviet world, North Korea alone has continued on the rigid communist way, in spite of its economic consequences leading the state beyond ruin to famine. What are the reasons behind this peculiar choice of direction? Why did the leaders in Pyongyang pursue a policy abandoned not only by the Soviet Union, but also by China and Vietnam? The author of this book spent three years as head of the embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang. Until a few years ago, it was the only Western embassy in North Korea. His unique experiences are related with descriptions of day-to-day life and with analyses of economic, political and ideological conditions. A picture is drawn of a society and a political order that defy both human nature and common sense.


North Korea Under Communism

Author by : Erik Cornell
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Publisher by : Psychology Press
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Description : After the collapse of the Soviet world, North Korea alone has continued on the rigid communist way, in spite of its economic consequences leading the state beyond ruin to famine. What are the reasons behind this peculiar choice of direction? Why did the leaders in Pyongyang pursue a policy abandoned not only by the Soviet Union, but also by China and Vietnam? The author of this book spent three years as head of the embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang. Until a few years ago, it was the only Western embassy in North Korea. His unique experiences are related with descriptions of day-to-day life and with analyses of economic, political and ideological conditions. A picture is drawn of a society and a political order that defy both human nature and common sense.


Communism In Korea

Author by : Robert A. Scalapino
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Kim Il Sung In The Khrushchev Era

Author by : Balázs Szalontai
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Description : Concentrating on the years 1953-64, this history describes how North Korea became more despotic even as other Communist countries underwent de-Stalinization. The author’s principal new source is the Hungarian diplomatic archives, which contain extensive reporting on Kim Il Sung and North Korea, thoroughly informed by research on the period in the Soviet and Eastern European archives and by recently published scholarship. Much of the story surrounds Kim Il Sung: his Korean nationalism and eagerness for Korean autarky; his efforts to balance the need for foreign aid and his hope for an independent foreign policy; and what seems to be his good sense of timing in doing in internal rivals without attracting Soviet retaliation. Through a series of comparisons not only with the USSR but also with Albania, Romania, Yugoslavia, China, and Vietnam, the author highlights unique features of North Korean communism during the period. Szalontai covers ongoing effects of Japanese colonization, the experiences of diverse Korean factions during World War II, and the weakness of the Communist Party in South Korea.


North Korea

Author by : Hy-Sang Lee
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Description : Argues that the international community has failed to grasp Pyongyang's true foreign policy goals, which remain fixated on reunification.


The North Korean Revolution 1945 1950

Author by : Charles K. Armstrong
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Description : North Korea, despite a shattered economy and a populace suffering from widespread hunger, has outlived repeated forecasts of its imminent demise. Charles K. Armstrong contends that a major source of North Korea's strength and resiliency, as well as of its flaws and shortcomings, lies in the poorly understood origins of its system of government. He examines the genesis of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) both as an important yet rarely studied example of a communist state and as part of modern Korean history. North Korea is one of the last redoubts of "unreformed" Marxism-Leninism in the world. Yet it is not a Soviet satellite in the East European manner, nor is its government the result of a local revolution, as in Cuba and Vietnam. Instead, the DPRK represents a unique "indigenization" of Soviet Stalinism, Armstrong finds. The system that formed under the umbrella of the Soviet occupation quickly developed into a nationalist regime as programs initiated from above merged with distinctive local conditions. Armstrong's account is based on long-classified documents captured by U.S. forces during the Korean War. This enormous archive of over 1.6 million pages provides unprecedented insight into the making of the Pyongyang regime and fuels the author's argument that the North Korean state is likely to remain viable for some years to come.


Confucian Society Under Democracy In South Korea And Under Communism In North Korea

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North Korean Communism

Author by : Chong-Shik Chung
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History Of North Korea

Author by : Source Wikipedia
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Description : Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 51. Chapters: Axe murder incident, Communism in Korea, Death and funeral of Kim Il-sung, Death and funeral of Kim Jong-il, Division of Korea, Down-With-Imperialism Union, General Order No. 1, Grand People's Study House, Hanvoice, List of North Korean defectors in South Korea, Lod Airport massacre, North Korean famine, North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004, Pong Su incident, Rangoon bombing, Ryanggang explosion, United Nations Security Council Resolution 702, USS Pueblo (AGER-2), Yanan faction. Excerpt: The death of Kim Jong-il was reported by North Korean state television news on 19 December 2011. The presenter, Ri Chun-hee, announced that he had died on 17 December at 8:30 am of a massive heart attack while traveling by train to an area outside Pyongyang. Reportedly, he had received medical treatment for "cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases." During the trip, though, he was said to have had an "advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock." It was reported in December 2012, however, that he had died "in a fit of rage" over construction faults at a crucial power plant project. His son, Kim Jong-un, was announced as North Korea's next leader with the title of "The Great Successor" during the same newscast. Kim Jong-il's funeral was held on 28 December in Pyongyang, with a mourning period lasting until the following day. North Korean State media did not report his death until 51 hours after it occurred, ostensibly due to the political jockeying and discussions that surrounded the official version of Jong-il's legacy, as well as agreeing upon the membership of the Funeral Committee of Kim Jong-Il. On the morning of 19 December, all work units, schools, government agencies, and military personnel were informed of a 'major announcement' to take place at noon. At noon, Ri Chun-hee, a Korean Central...


Tyranny Of The Weak

Author by : Charles K. Armstrong
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Description : To much of the world, North Korea is an impenetrable mystery, its inner workings unknown and its actions toward the outside unpredictable and frequently provocative. Tyranny of the Weak reveals for the first time the motivations, processes, and effects of North Korea’s foreign relations during the Cold War era. Drawing on extensive research in the archives of North Korea’s present and former communist allies, including the Soviet Union, China, and East Germany, Charles K. Armstrong tells in vivid detail how North Korea managed its alliances with fellow communist states, maintained a precarious independence in the Sino-Soviet split, attempted to reach out to the capitalist West and present itself as a model for Third World development, and confronted and engaged with its archenemies, the United States and South Korea. From the invasion that set off the Korean War in June 1950 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Tyranny of the Weak shows how—despite its objective weakness—North Korea has managed for much of its history to deal with the outside world to its maximum advantage. Insisting on a path of "self-reliance" since the 1950s, North Korea has continually resisted pressure to change from enemies and allies alike. A worldview formed in the crucible of the Korean War and Cold War still maintains a powerful hold on North Korea in the twenty-first century, and understanding those historical forces is as urgent today as it was sixty years ago.