North Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Asian Country Research @ Pitt: North Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
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Call Number: JQ1729.5.A58 N66 2013 Hillman - General Collection
Following the death of Kim Jong Il, North Korea has entered a period of profound transformation laden with uncertainty. Drawing on the contributors’ expertise across a range of disciplines, the book examines North Korea’s political, economic, social, and foreign policy concerns. It focuses especially on the transformation of ideology, the Worker’s Party of Korea, the military, effects of the Arab Spring, the emerging merchant class, cultural infiltration from the South, Western aid, and global economic integration. The contributors also assess the impact of North Korea’s new policies on China, South Korea, the United States, and the rest of the world.
Call Number: JQ1729.5.A58 K86 2012 Hillman - General Collection
This study of North Korea’s political history and culture sheds invaluable light on the country’s unique leadership continuity and succession. Leading scholars Heonik Kwon and Byung-Ho Chung begin by tracing Kim Il Sung’s rise to power during the Cold War. They show how his successor, his eldest son, Kim Jong Il, sponsored the production of revolutionary art to unleash a public political culture that would consolidate Kim’s charismatic power. The result was the birth of a powerful modern theater state that sustains North Korean leaders’ sovereignty now to a third generation. Kwon and Chung make an contribution to comparative socialism and postsocialism as well as to the anthropology of the state.
North Korea continues to be a country of great concern internationally, where future developments are uncertain, especially as a result of the succession to the leadership of Kim Jong-un following the death of Kim Jong-il. It is also a country which is relatively unknown and relatively little studied. This book provides a comprehensive, detailed survey of economic and political developments in the last few years. As such it provides many insights into the current trends which are likely to shape the country’s future direction.