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    DescriptionAndrei Lankov has gone where few outsiders have ever been. A native of the former Soviet Union, he lived as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980s. He has studied it for his entire career, using his fluency in Korean and personal contacts to build a rich, nuanced understanding. In The Real North Korea, Lankov substitutes cold, clear analysis for the overheated rhetoric surrounding this opaque police state. After providing an accessible history of the nation, he turns his focus to what North Korea is, what its leadership thinks, and how its people cope with living in such an oppressive and poor place. He argues that North Korea is not irrational, and nothing shows this better than its continuing survival against all odds. A living political fossil, it clings to existence in the face of limited resources and a zombie economy, manipulating great powers despite its weakness. Its leaders are not ideological zealots or madmen, but perhaps the best practitioners of Machiavellian politics that can be found in the modern world. Even though they preside over a failed state, they have successfully used diplomacy-including nuclear threats-to extract support from other nations. But while the people in charge have been ruthless and successful in holding on to power, Lankov goes on to argue that this cannot continue forever, since the old system is slowly falling apart. In the long run, with or without reform, the regime is unsustainable. Lankov contends that reforms, if attempted, will trigger a dramatic implosion of the regime. They will not prolong its existence. Based on vast expertise, this book reveals how average North Koreans live, how their leaders rule, and how both survive.


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    Title
    The Real North Korea
    Subtitle
    Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrei Lankov
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199964291
    ISBN 10: 0199964297
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    BIC subject category V2: JPS, JPF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    B&T General Subject: 650
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: POL011000
    B&T Approval Code: A41203040
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 71
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET130
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/KOREAN, CULT/EASIAN
    BISAC V2.8: POL009000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPKN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC053000
    BIC subject category V2: JPSL
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 70
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A15406040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS023000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPKN
    DC22: 951.9304
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: NORD7500
    BISAC region code: 2.5.4.0.0.0.0
    DC23: 320.95193
    BISAC V2.8: POL054000
    LC classification: DS935.774 .L36 2013
    Thema V1.0: JPS, JPF, JPSL
    Illustrations note
    black & white plates, colour plates
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    02 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Andrei Lankov is Professor of History at Koomkin University in Seoul, South Korea. A native of Leningrad, he studied in North Korea as an exchange student. His books include North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea, and From Stalin to Kim Il Sung: The Formation of North Korea, 1945-1960.
    Review quote
    [A] probing, clear-eyed study Lankov's is one of the best and most accessible recent accounts of this seemingly outlandish nation. Publishers Weekly
    Table of contents
    INTRODUCTION ; PART 1. THE SOCIETY KIM IL SUNG BUILT AND HOW HE DID IT ; PART 2: TWO DECADES OF CRISIS ; PART 3. THE LOGIC OF SURVIVAL (DOMESTICALLY) ; PART 4. THE SURVIVAL DIPLOMACY ; PART 5. WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE NORTH? ; PART 6. BEING READY FOR WHAT WE WISH FOR ; CONCLUSION