North Korea: State of Paranoia: A Modern History

North Korea: State of Paranoia: A Modern History

by Paul French


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North Korea is a country that continues to make headlines - arousing curiosity and fear in equal measure. The world's most secretive nuclear power, it is a nation that still has Gulag-style prison camps, no internet and bans its people from talking to foreigners without official approval. In this remarkable and eye-opening book, internationally bestselling author Paul French examines in forensic detail the history and politics of North Korea, Pyongyang's complex relations with South Korea, Japan, China and America, and the implications of Kim Jong-un's increasingly belligerent leadership following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.

As an already unstable North Korea grows ever more unpredictable, antagonising enemies and allies alike, State of Paranoia delivers a provocative and frightening account of a potentially explosive nuclear tripwire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780329482
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Paul French has lived and worked in Shanghai for many years and is a highly regarded commentator on Asia and the author of a number of books.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Myth and the Reality of the State of Paranoia

Introduction: the paranoid peninsula

Part I - The Juche nation: beloved leaders, brilliant thoughts, power cuts and empty shelves
1. A normal day in Pyongyang
2. The Juche state: political theory in North Korea
3. The revolutionary dynasty: leadership in North Korea

Part II - The economics of North Korea: Chollima, speed battles, collapse and famine
4. Economics Pyongyang style: command and control
5. The worst of times: food, famine and the arduous march
6. The start of a sort of reform: change and regime survival
7. The reality of reform: a case study of Sinuiju

Part III - Diplomacy and military: foreign relations, nuclear crisis and self-defence
8. Don't poke the snake: US-DPRK relations
9. Nuclear ambitions revealed: bluster, brinkmanship or battle?
10. 'Military First' emerges

Part IV - Change, collapse and reunification
11. One Korea: the dream of reunification
12. Kim3: the dynasty continues
13. How will the story end?

Conclusion: still the world's most dangerous tripwire

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