North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea
  • North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea
  • North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea

North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea

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by Andrei Lankov
     
 

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The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea for over 60 years. Most of that period has found the country suffering under mature Stalinism characterized by manipulation, brutality and tight social control. Nevertheless, some citizens of Kim Jong Il's regime manage to transcend his tyranny in their daily existence.

This book describes that difficult but determined

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Overview

The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea for over 60 years. Most of that period has found the country suffering under mature Stalinism characterized by manipulation, brutality and tight social control. Nevertheless, some citizens of Kim Jong Il's regime manage to transcend his tyranny in their daily existence.

This book describes that difficult but determined existence and the world that the North Koreans have created for themselves in the face of oppression. Many features of this world are unique and even bizarre. But they have been created by the citizens to reflect their own ideas and values, in sharp contrast to the world forced upon them by a totalitarian system.

Opening chapters introduce the political system and the extent to which it permeates citizens' daily lives, from the personal status badges they wear to the nationalized distribution of the food they eat. Chapters discussing the schools, the economic system, and family life dispel the myth of the workers' paradise that North Korea attempts to perpetuate. In these chapters the intricacies of daily life in a totalitarian dictatorship are seen through the eyes of defectors whose anecdotes constitute an important portion of the material. The closing chapter treats at length the significant changes that have taken place in North Korea over the last decade, concluding that these changes will lead to the quiet but inevitable death of North Korean Stalinism.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
if anything is missing here, it's probably not worth knowing...well written, comprehensive and relevatory...valuable
Midwest Book Review
deserves ongoing mention and recommendation as a powerful survey...must have this rare insider's look at the North Korean psyche
The New York Review of Books
we are obliged to Lankov for this insight...Lankov is one of the most illuminating North Korea watchers around...uniquely perceptive...especially good on the details of everyday life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786428397
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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