Kim Il Sung: North Korean Leader / Edition 1

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This book is especially important now with Kim Il Sung's death, the ending of the nuclear crisis between North Korea and the United States, and the obscured emergence of a successor regime ostensibly headed by Kim Il Jong, Sung's son. Suh's book investigates the impact of Kim Il Sung on the history and politics of North Korea and what his death will mean for the future of the country and its relations with the rest of the world.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Asian Studies

Necessary background for our understadning of this mystic leader and the regime that he built...a major conribution to scholarship and essential reading for anyuone intersted in contemporary Korea.

Korean Quarterly

Dae-Sook Suh... has to be commended for a thoroughly-researched study of the first North Korean president Il Sum King. Suh has produced a first rate historical study of the North Korean leader, his life and his politics.

An interesting, balanced, and objective biography of North Korea's leader. It also traces the history and political development of North Korea and its possible future without Kim Il Sung. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Dae-Sook Suh is the Director of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback EditionPrefaceAcknowledgementsPart I: Young Kim and the United Army 1. Background2. Kim and the Northeast Anti-Japanese United Army3. Guerrilla AccomplishmentsPart II: Consolidation of Political Power 4. The Soviet Occupation of North Korea5. The Workers' Party of Korea6. The Republic and the ArmyPart III: Challenges to Kim's Leadership 7. The Korean War and Kim's Rivals8. After the WarPart IV: Search for Korean Identity 9. Mobilization Campaigns10. The Sino-Soviet Dispute and Kim Il SungPart V: Problems in Kim's Independence 11. The Rise of the Military12. The South Korean Revolution13. Disintegration of the Partisan GroupPart VI: North Korea Under Kim 14. South Korea and the Third World15. The Shift from Party to State16. Semiretirement in the New EraPart VII: Church'e and the Republic 17. On Kim's Political Thought18. The Republic by KimAppendix 1. Partisans of the United Army in North Korean PoliticsAppendix 2. Partisans of the United Army Not in North Korean PoliticsAppendix 3. Partisans Who Died Before the Liberation of KoreaAppendix 4: Chronology of Kim Il SungNotesBibliographyIndex

Columbia University Press

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