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The North Korean revolution, 1945-1950

Author: Charles K Armstrong
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2003.
Series: Studies of the East Asian Institute.
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North Korea, despite a shattered economy and a populace suffering from widespread hunger, has outlived repeated forecasts of its imminent demise. Charles K. Armstrong contends that a major source of North Korea's strength and resiliency, as well as of its flaws and shortcomings, lies in the poorly understood origins of its system of government. He examines the genesis of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Armstrong, Charles K.
North Korean revolution, 1945-1950.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2003
(DLC) 2002008263
(OCoLC)49891551
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles K Armstrong
ISBN: 9780801468803 0801468809 9780801489143 0801489148
OCLC Number: 605327300
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 265 pages) : illustrations, 1 map.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Revolution on the margins --
2. Liberation, occupation, and the emerging new order --
3. Remaking the people --
4. Coalition politics and the United Front --
5. Planning the economy --
6. Constructing culture --
7. A regime of surveillance --
8. The people's state --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Studies of the East Asian Institute.
Responsibility: Charles K. Armstrong.
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North Korea, despite a shattered economy and a populace suffering from widespread hunger, has outlived repeated forecasts of its imminent demise. Charles K. Armstrong contends that a major source of North Korea's strength and resiliency, as well as of its flaws and shortcomings, lies in the poorly understood origins of its system of government. He examines the genesis of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) both as an important yet rarely studied example of a communist state and as part of modern Korean history. North Korea is one of the last redoubts of "unreformed" Marxism-Leninism in the world. Yet it is not a Soviet satellite in the East European manner, nor is its government the result of a local revolution, as in Cuba and Vietnam. Instead, the DPRK represents a unique "indigenization" of Soviet Stalinism, Armstrong finds. The system that formed under the umbrella of the Soviet occupation quickly developed into a nationalist regime as programs initiated from above merged with distinctive local conditions. Armstrong's account is based on long-classified documents captured by U.S. forces during the Korean War. This enormous archive of over 1.6 million pages provides unprecedented insight into the making of the Pyongyang regime and fuels the author's argument that the North Korean state is likely to remain viable for some years to come.

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