Understanding North Korea

Understanding North Korea : Indigenous Perspectives

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For South Korean scholars, North Korea is a subject of research pregnant with the meaning of survival of the Korean Peninsula. Based on such a unique position, authors in this book raise and address questions such as how long stability will be maintained in the Kim Jong-un regime, who the power elites behind the system are, and if the North Korean economy is still a Communist planned economy.show more

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  • Hardback | 428 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 816.46g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 13 black & white illustrations, 15 black & white halftones, 23 tables
  • 0739179209
  • 9780739179208
  • 2,109,302

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This is a fascinating collection of articles on North Korea by top-notch native South Korean specialists. Balanced, penetrating, and empirically rich analyses. The book is a must read for those who are interested in contemporary North Korea. -- Chung-in Moon, Yonsei University This book should be read by Korea-concerned scholars, policy makers, media commentators, and the public throughout the world-especially in the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and in both parts of divided Korea. -- Glenn D. Paige, chair, Center for Global Nonkilling For Americans who want to go beyond the headlines to deepen their understanding of North Korea, this accessible and informative book by knowledgeable South Korean specialists is an excellent starting point. -- Leon V. Sigal, director, Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, SSRCshow more

About Han Jong-woo

Han Jong-woo is visiting professor of the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyunghee University, project architect of Syracuse University's information technology project with DPRK's Kim Chaek University of Technology, and president of the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial Foundation, Inc. Jung Tae-hern is professor in the Korean History Department, Korea University, chairman of the Center for Korean History, Korea University, and vice chairman of Inter-Korea Historian Association.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction Is US Policy toward North Korea Actually Beneficial to the United States? On the Significance of Introducing South Korean Scholarship on North Korea to Anglophone Readers Jung Tae-hern (Department of Korean History, Korea University) and Han Jong-woo (Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyunghee University) PART 1 - Historical Evolution of North Korea's Monolithic Political System and Its Main Characteristics Chapter 2 The Historical Origins and Formation of the Monolithic Political System in North Korea Kee Kwang-seo (Chosun University) Chapter 3 The Stability of the Monolithic System under Kim Jong-un: An Analysis Kim Keun-sik (Kyungnam University) and Lee Gee-dong (Institute for National Security Strategy) Chapter 4 The Power Elite of North Korea's Monolithic System Lee Ju-cheol (Korea Broadcasting System) PART 2 - Change in North Korean Society from the View of Economic Policy and Social Transformation Chapter 5 Potential for Economic Reform in North Korea Kim Yeon-chul (Inje University) Chapter 6 North Korean Economy in Transition: Market Feudalism Han Jong-woo (Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University) Chapter 7 The Process of Social Change in North Korea Lee Woo-young (University of North Korean Studies) PART 3 - North Korea's Foreign Policy, Perception of the United States, and Its Relations with the United States and China (G2) Chapter 8 Surviving in the Face of Hegemony: North Korea's Post-Cold War American Policy Suh Bo-hyuk (Seoul National University) Chapter 9 The Formation and Development of North Korea's Understanding of the United States Kim Kwang-un (National Institute of Korean History) Chapter 10 The Transformation of China-North Korea Relations and Its Implications Lee Jong-seok (Sejong Institute) Chapter 11 Twenty Years of the North Korean Nuclearization Problem: The North Korean Perspective Lim Soo-ho (Samsung Economic Research Institute) Part 4 - The Inter-Korean Relationship, United States and North East Asia Chapter 12 Change in North Korea's Policy toward South Korea and Its Implications Chin Hee-gwan (Inje University) Chapter 13 Understanding Conflict on the Korean Peninsula: A Focus on the Yellow Sea Incident Suh Choo-suk (Korea Institute for Defense Analyses) Chapter 14 Economic Cooperation between the Two Koreas: Present and Future Kim Yeon-chul (Inje University) Chapter 15 The Irony of American Policy Toward North Korea: Regime Denial Han Jong-woo (Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University) Chapter 16 - Conclusion Comprehensive Summary and Prospects for a Better Future Jung Tae-hern (Department of Korean History, Korea University) and Han Jong-woo (Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University) Appendices Major Indicators and Statistics and Current Inter-Korean Relations Yea Dae-yeol (Korea University)show more

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