North Korea in a Nutshell

A Contemporary Overview
 
 
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • erschienen am 11. Juni 2021
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  • 280 Seiten
 
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978-1-5381-5139-6 (ISBN)
 

Explore North Korea, one of the most secretive countries in the world.

This thoughtful book provides a concise introduction to North Korea. Two leading experts, Kongdan Oh and Ralph Hassig, trace the country's history from its founding in 1948 and describe the many facets of its political, economic, social, and cultural life.

The authors illuminate a hidden nation dominated by three generations of the secretive Kim regime, a family dynasty more suited to the Middle Ages than the contemporary era. North Korea has a robust if outmoded military force, including a growing arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, to deter and defend against foreign attacks and to maintain independence and isolation from the rest of the world. The struggling economy, disconnected from the global marketplace, operates under harsh international sanctions. All North Koreans, from the highest party cadres to the youngest children living in prison camps, are essentially servants of the leader.

Despite Kim Jong-un's despotic control, the authors argue that North Korea cannot continue on its current path indefinitely. Kim treats even his closest associates harshly, and the gap is widening between his elite supporters, numbering a million or so, and the other twenty-four million North Koreans. The economic and technological gap between South Korea and North Korea is increasing as well, and younger people are becoming disenchanted as they gradually learn more about the outside world.

  • Englisch
  • Blue Ridge Summit
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  • USA
22 Illustrations including: - 21 Halftones, Black & White including Black & White Photographs; - 1 Maps.
  • 185,99 MB
978-1-5381-5139-6 (9781538151396)
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By Kongdan Oh and Ralph Hassig

Preface

1 Geography and History: A Troubled Land

Physical Geography: A Land of Great Potential

Cities: Few and Far Between

Korean History: A Shrimp among Whales

The North Korean State: Communism and Kim Come to Korea

The Korean War: A Disastrous Attempt to Unify the Country

2 Leadership: The Kim Dynasty

Kim Il-sung: The Strong Kim

Kim Jong-il: The Secretive Kim

Kim Jong-un: The Young and Ruthless Kim

Guidance: An Exercise in Public Relations

Mansions: Living Like Kings

3 The Government: Of the Party, by the Party, for the Leader

Governance: Riddled with Corruption

Social Control: Dominating the People

Crimes: Ordinary and Political

Prisons: Cruel and Usual

Corruption: The Currency of the Realm

Lies: Second Nature to the Regime

4 Human Rights: An Alien Concept

Political Class: Loyalty to the Regime

Defectors: An Exit for People without Voice

Human Rights Reputation: An International Disgrace

5 The Military: "Pillar" of Society

Weapons and Strategy: A Porcupine Defense

Soldiers: Wartime Cannon Fodder, Peacetime Slave Labor

Nuclear Weapons: The Pride of the Regime

Missiles: Power Projection

Threats as a Weapon: The First Line of Defense

6 Foreign Relations: Of a Hermit Kingdom

Foreign Policy Principles: Independence First and Last

North Korea and South Korea: Deadly Competition

North Korea and China: Beware of the Dragon

North Korea and Japan: Age-Old Enmity

Japan's Chosen Soren: A Fifth Column in Enemy Territory

North Korea and the United States: The Ultimate Enemy

Tourism: Cautious and Controlled

7 The Economy: From Socialism to Capitalism

The Old Economy: Socialist in Principle

The New Economy: Capitalist in Practice

Industry: A National Rust Belt

Farming: Planting Seeds on Rocky Ground

The Local Economy: Taking up the Slack

International Trade: Not Easy for a Hermit Kingdom

Foreign Investment Inflow: Risky for Investors

Working Abroad: Hard Work for the Privileged Few

International Sanctions: The Price of Nuclear Weapons

8 Transportation and Communication: Necessary for the New Economy

Domestic Transportation: Slowed by Years of Neglect

Old Communication Channels: Government to People

New Communication Channels: People to People

9 Culture and Lifestyle: Trying to Live a Normal Life

Education: Ideological and Academic

Food: Living on the Edge

Housing: Substandard and in Short Supply

Health and Health Care: A Victim of the Bad Economy

Religion: Totally Banned

Sports and Amusements: Simple Pleasures for the People

Life Events: The Same the World Over

10 Conclusion

Notes

About the Authors

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