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North Korea : beyond charismatic politics

Author: Heonik Kwon; Byung-Ho Chung
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2012.
Series: Asia/Pacific/perspectives.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This timely, pathbreaking study of North Korea's political history and culture sheds invaluable light on the country's unique leadership continuity and succession. Leading scholars Heonik Kwon and Byung-Ho Chung begin by tracing Kim Il Sung's rise to power during the Cold War. They show how his successor, his eldest son, Kim Jong Il, sponsored the production of revolutionary art to unleash a public political  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heonik Kwon; Byung-Ho Chung
ISBN: 9780742556799 0742556794 9781442215771 1442215771
OCLC Number: 749855667
Description: xii, 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The great national bereavement, 1994 --
The modern theatre state --
The barrel of a gun --
The graves of revolutionary martyrs --
Gifts to the leader --
The moral economy --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Asia/Pacific/perspectives.
Responsibility: Heonik Kwon and Byung-Ho Chung.
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"This timely, pathbreaking study of North Korea's political history and culture sheds invaluable light on the country's unique leadership continuity and succession. Leading scholars Heonik Kwon and Byung-Ho Chung begin by tracing Kim Il Sung's rise to power during the Cold War. They show how his successor, his eldest son, Kim Jong Il, sponsored the production of revolutionary art to unleash a public political culture that would consolidate Kim's charismatic power and his own hereditary authority. The result was the birth of a powerful modern theater state that sustains North Korean leaders' sovereignty now to a third generation. In defiance of the instability to which so many revolutionary states eventually succumb, the durability of charismatic politics in North Korea defines its exceptional place in modern history. Kwon and Chung make an innovative contribution to comparative socialism and postsocialism as well as to the anthropology of the state. Their pioneering work is essential for all readers interested in understanding North Korea's past and future, the destiny of charismatic power in modern politics, the role of art in enabling this power."--

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