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

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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 existence and the world that the North Koreans have created for themselves in the face of oppression. Many features of this ...
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780786428397
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 816,745
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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Andrei Lankov is a senior lecturer at the Australian National University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Great read if you want to know how the N. Korean people live und

    Great read if you want to know how the N. Korean people live under the political system imposed upon them.

    My only gripe is a technical one: many of the romanized Korean words have a "?" in place of some vowels, which is very distracting. I am using a Nook 3G.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Interesting

    From the view of a former Soviet citizen, this book is a delightful insight in North Korean life from the inside. It is a very good book and it is recommended you buy it.

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