The North Korean Revolution,1945-1950
By (author) Charles K. Armstrong
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North Korean Revolution,1945-1950 by Charles K. Armstrong
Book DescriptionNorth 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801489143
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 19-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles K. Armstrong
Tyranny of the Weak, Paperback (October 2015)
From the Korean War to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, this book shows how, despite its objective weakness, North Korea has managed for much of its history to deal with the outside world to maximum advantage.
Korean Society, Paperback (November 2006)
Taking the theme of 'civil society' - voluntary organizations outside the role of the state which have participated in the process of political and social democratization - this book examines Korea as one of the most dramatic cases in the world of ordinary citizens participating in the transformation of politics.
Korea at the Center, Hardback (May 2005)» View all books by Charles K. Armstrong
Koreas location at the very center of Northeast Asia also gives it a pivotal role in the economic integration of the region and the dynamic development of its more powerful neighbors. This book offers an appraisal of Korea as the key to the coalescence of a broad, open Northeast Asian regionalism in the 21st century.
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Author Biography - Charles K. Armstrong
Charles K. Armstrong is the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Department of History, at Columbia University. He is the author of Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992andThe North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950, both from Cornell, and The Koreas, editor of Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy and the State, and coeditor of Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia.
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