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North Korea : state of paranoia

Author: Paul French
Publisher: London ; New York : Zed Books, 2014.
Series: Asian arguments.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A gripping and provocative account of one of the world's most secretive countries.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
French, Paul.
North Korea.
Zed Books 2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul French
ISBN: 1306714281 9781306714280 9781780329505 1780329504 9781783606832 1783606835 9781780329499 1780329490 9781783605736 1783605731 9781783607181 1783607181
OCLC Number: 879430530
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Front cover; About the author; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Abreviations, spellings and figures; A note on spellings and names; A note on figures; Foreword: The myth and the reality of the state of paranoia; Introduction: The paranoid peninsula; Observers of planet Pyongyang; Tentative reform; The problem of the command economy; North Korea: paranoid peninsula; Part I The Juche nation: beloved leaders, brilliant thoughts, power cuts and empty shelves; 1 A normal day in Pyongyang; Pyongyang: capital of our revolution; A roof over your head; Badges, bicycles and fashions. Looking for the rush hourShopping; Work and school; Love, marriage and fun; Living in the land of perfect bliss; 2 The Juche state: political theory in North Korea; The politics of self-reliance; A creative application of Marxism-Leninism; Selective borrowings from Maoism; Confucianism: tapping into traditional thinking; Underpinnings of Korean nationalism and traditionalism; The architects of Juche; 'Original, brilliant and revolutionary'?; The contradictions of self-reliance; 3 The revolutionary dynasty: leadership in North Korea; Birth of a personality cult. From guerrilla leader to leader of a nationConsolidation and dominance; The undisputed Great Leader; The successor and Dear Leader; 'Expect no change from me'; Tiger father, dog son; The lodestar of the twenty-first century; Part II The economics of North Korea: Chollima, speed battles, collapse and famine; 4 Economics Pyongyang style: command and control; The possibility of perestroika, the impossibility of glasnost; The Chollima spirit; The Great Leap Outward; The impregnable fortress of socialism; The industrial crown jewels; The lack of investment; The doublethink on foreign trade. From subsidy junkie to ailing economyPalaces galore but no socks; The economy shows its cracks; The arduous march begins; The energy crisis: grinding to a halt; The two-track survival economy; The DPRK as an aid economy; The command economy remains firmly in place; 5 The worst of times: food, famine and the arduous march; From riches to rags; The collective agricultural disaster; 'Slow motion famine'; Attempts to resolve the agricultural crisis; Dying in silence; Solving the shortages; The end of the arduous march; 6 The start of a sort of reform: change and regime survival. Open windows attract fliesPerestroika à la Pyongyang; Wages and pricing reforms; Jettisoning the ration; The role of farmers' markets; Reaching under the mattress; Chinese and Russian reform precedents; Pyongyang's twilight economy; A fishing rod of temptation; Reform or die; 7 The reality of reform: a case study of Sinuiju; Caged investment; Sinuiju is announced; The orchid grower comes to town; Greenhouses from Shenyang to Pyongyang; What kind of zone was Sinuiju to be?; The departure of the orchid grower; Sinuiju's confusing message.
Series Title: Asian arguments.
Responsibility: Paul French.

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