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Essential Guide to Modern North Korea: Federal Research Country Study with Comprehensive Information and Analysis - Political, Economic, Social, N

ISBN: 9781520933764
Publisher: Independently published
Publication Date: 2017-03-26
Number of pages: 231
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This book reproduces the official Library of Congress Federal Research Division Country Study of North Korea. Books in this series describe and analyze the nation's political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examine the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by historical and cultural factors. Each study is written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists. The authors seek to provide a basic understanding of the observed society, striving for a dynamic rather than a static portrayal. Particular attention is devoted to the people who make up the society, their origins, dominant beliefs and values, their common interests and the issues on which they are divided, the nature and extent of their involvement with national institutions, and their attitudes toward each other and toward their social system and political order. Contents: Chapter 1. Historical Setting * THE ORIGINS OF THE KOREAN NATION * KOREA IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY * THE RISE OF KOREAN NATIONALISM AND THE THREE KINGDOMS PERIOD * Paekche * Koguryŏ * Silla * Korea under Silla * UNIFICATION BY KORYŎ * THE CHOSŎN DYNASTY * Florescence * Dynastic Decline * WORLD ORDER * JAPANESE COLONIALISM, 1910–45 * COMMUNISM * NATIONAL DIVISION IN THE 1940s * Tensions in the 1940s * U.S. and Soviet Occupations * The Arrival of Kim Il Sung * The Establishment of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea * THE KOREAN WAR, 1950–53 * THE POSTWAR PERIOD * The Economy * Corporatism and the Chuch’e Idea * International Relations * NORTH–SOUTH RELATIONS IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY * Chapter 2. The Society and Its Environment * Helen-Louise Hunter * THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT * Topography and Drainage * Climate * Environmental Factors * POPULATION * SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND VALUES * Creating a New Society * The Cult of Kim Il Sung * Class Society * The New Socialist Society * The Work Unit as the Basic Social Unit * A Thought-Controlled Society * The Elite Life in P’yŏngyang * The Privileged Life Beyond Money * Daily Life * A Society in Crisis * Militarized Society * Family Life * Children * Leisure Activities * Religion * EDUCATION * Primary Education * Middle School and Beyond * Higher Education * HEALTH CARE * Chapter 3. The Economy * David Kang * ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, 1940s–90s * The Economy after World War II * ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE SINCE THE AGRICULTURE, THE FAMINE OF 1995–98, AND North Korea’s Development Strategy * EARLY 1990s * Comparisons with South Korea * Organization * Natural Resources * Energy and Power Generation * Transportation * Forestry and Fishing * Telecommunications and the Internet * Government Budget * ECONOMIC CHANGES * Collapse in the 1990s * Causes of the Famine * Effects of the Famine * Post-Famine Situation * Economic Reforms * Reform of the Public Distribution System * Banking and Finance * Legal and Administrative Reforms * Special Economic Zones * Top-Down Reform Measures * Assessment of the Economic Reforms * FOREIGN ECONOMIC RELATION * MUCH MORE

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