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North Korea

A History

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Pages: 312

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Paperback - 9781352002188

25 April 2018

$34.99

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28 February 2018

$103.99

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22 February 2018

$27.99

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In this key textbook, Michael J. Seth offers an excellent synthesis of existing scholarship, including a thorough examination of contemporary sources. Seth masterfully traces how North Korea gradually transformed itself from...

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In this key textbook, Michael J. Seth offers an excellent synthesis of existing scholarship, including a thorough examination of contemporary sources. Seth masterfully traces how North Korea gradually transformed itself from a Soviet-style socialist state to an ultra-nationalist, dynastic one, illuminating this journey with an engaging understanding of the political, ideological, economic and social forces at play. Throughout, Seth adds a rich dimension by placing North Korean history into broader global perspective and considering the implications for the future of the country.

With a helpful glossary and an exhaustive bibliography, this clear and accessible overview is an ideal text for students of North Korean history, and for anyone with an interest in the evolution of this uncommon nation.


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  • Offers a clear, accessible overview of the nation from its evolution out of the colonial period through to the present day
  • Introduces the reader to the best contemporary scholarship on North Korea
  • Uses numerous scholarly and contemporary sources made available by South Korean as well as Western experts
  • Vivid and lively style of writing
  • Extensive notes to encourage further independent research

Introduction.- Chapter One: Historical Roots of the North Korean State.- Chapter Two: Birth of the DPRK and Failed Reunification, 1945-1953.- Chapter Three: Industrialization and Political Consolidation, 1953-1967.- Chapter Four: Creating a Monolithic System and a Dynastic State, 1967-1980.- Chapter Five: From Stagnation to Crisis, 1980-1994.- Chapter Six: Famine and Survival, 1994-2005.- Chapter Seven: Failed Revolution, Enduring State, 2005-2016.- Glossary
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Seth’s succinct narrative provides the necessary background to cut through the shallow journalism that stereotypes the North Korean state, society, and leadership as aberrant. Revealing the complex historical roots of the North Korean revolution, this history takes the story into the current geo-political fervor that characterizes Northeast Asia in the 2010s. Anyone who wants to really understand the how’s and whys of North Korean state behavior in the current moment must read this account. –Michael Robinson, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
This timely book contains the most important data on North Korea since 1948 with references to previous history. –Gabriel Jonsson, Stockholm University, Sweden
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Michael J. Seth is Professor of History at James Madison University, USA. 

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Michael J. Seth is Professor of History at James Madison University, USA. 

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