The Real North Korea

The Real North Korea

Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia

Book - 2013
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North Korea is widely regarded as one of the most repressive and dangerous nations in the world - the last Stalinist regime on earth. Yet despite its manifest importance - particularly its potential for destabilizing East Asia - North Korea is notoriously one of the most difficult regimes inthe world to study. A black box to most, the regime appears to be fundamentally irrational and unstable. How can it survive? In A Country, Not a Bomb, Andrei Lankov draws from years of research and his own access to North Koreans to provide a genuinely informed and accessible overview of NorthKorea, from its origins in 1945 to the present. Given its confrontational foreign policy, its nuclear ambitions, and its paranoid leadership cadre, this incredibly poor nation has remained on the front pages ever since the end of the Cold War. Lankov, who is fluent in both Korean and English, will explain how the regime actually functions and why it has achieved a modicum of stability despite its bizarre mix of Stalinist totalitarianism and hereditary monarchy. Along with covering North Korea's foreign and nuclear policies, the book willalso explain how its ruling class actually rules and how ordinary North Koreans live. Perhaps most surprisingly, a grass roots market society is emerging, and Lankov traces how this has happened. Lankov has conducted many interviews with North Korean emigres, so his understanding of both the regimeand life under it is remarkably well informed. It will be the definitive account.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9780199964291
0199964297
Branch Call Number: 951.93 LAN
Characteristics: xv, 283 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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SEBoiko
Dec 29, 2013

The diplomatic survival games are played by the North Korean regime with admirable skill, but also with remarkable disregard for humanitarian concerns.

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SEBoiko
Dec 29, 2013

believe that it has nothing to gain and much to lose rhrough unification with the South,

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SEBoiko
Dec 28, 2013

China is not going to do anything that might trigger an acute domestic crisis in North Korea.

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SEBoiko
Dec 28, 2013

Stalinism with national characteristics.

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SEBoiko
Dec 28, 2013

swapped geo political concessions for economic subsidies.

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SEBoiko
Dec 28, 2013

the American imperialists, the two- legged wolves.

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SEBoiko
Dec 28, 2013

... the East Asian version of Communism had both social and nationalist dimensions.

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