The Real North Korea

The Real North Korea

Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia

Book - 2013
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"In The Real North Korea, Lankov substitutes cold, clear analysis for the overheated rhetoric surrounding this opaque state. After providing an accessible history of the nation, he turns his focus to what North Korea is, what its leadership thinks, and how its people cope with living in such an oppressive and impoverished place. He argues that North Korea is not irrational, and nothing shows this better than its continuing survival against all odds. A living political fossil, it clings to existence in the face of limited resources and a zombie economy, manipulating great powers despite its weakness. Its leaders are not ideological zealots or madmen, but perhaps the best practitioners of Machiavellian politics that can be found in the modern world. Even though they preside over a failed state, they have successfully used diplomacy - including nuclear threats - to extract support from other nations. But while the people in charge have been ruthless and successful in holding on to power, Lankov contends that this cannot continue forever. The old system is slowly falling apart, and in the long run the regime is unsustainable - with or without reform. Indeed, reforms, if attempted, will most likely trigger a dramatic implosion of the regime. They will not prolong its existence."--Book jacket.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9780199964291
0199964297
Branch Call Number: 951.9 LANKOV
Characteristics: xv, 283 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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SEBoiko
Dec 29, 2013

The diplomatic survival games are played by the North Korean regime with admirable skill, but also with remarkable disregard for humanitarian concerns.

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SEBoiko
Dec 29, 2013

believe that it has nothing to gain and much to lose rhrough unification with the South,

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SEBoiko
Dec 28, 2013

China is not going to do anything that might trigger an acute domestic crisis in North Korea.

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SEBoiko
Dec 28, 2013

Stalinism with national characteristics.

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SEBoiko
Dec 28, 2013

swapped geo political concessions for economic subsidies.

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SEBoiko
Dec 28, 2013

the American imperialists, the two- legged wolves.

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SEBoiko
Dec 28, 2013

... the East Asian version of Communism had both social and nationalist dimensions.

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