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North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula, A Modern History

North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula, A Modern History

by Paul French
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North Korea remains one of the least understood nations on earth; a nuclear enabled "Hermit Kingdom" ravaged by economic mismanagement and reliant on illegal weapons sales, smuggling and counterfeiting for most of its foreign reserves while undergoing a prolonged famine and propped up by aid donations. Not a normal country in any sense of the word, its nuclear weapons program makes it a country whose actions could have global ramifications. This book demystifies North Korea through revealing the daily life of its citizens; the political and economic history of the nation; the reasoning behind the country's combative way of engaging the world and the tentative economic reform process now being undertaken. The prospect of a nuclear North Korea preferring brinksmanship to engagement and negotiation, makes understanding Pyongyang's guiding principles, motives and possible future increasingly important.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842774731
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication date: 04/16/2005
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.19(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Paul French is a Director of Access Asia, a market research and business intelligence company specializing in China and North Asia's economics and markets.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The World's Most Dangerous Tripwire
Part One: Life & Politics in North Korea
• A Normal Day in Pyongyang
• The Juche State
• The Revolutionary Dynasty
Part Two: The Economics of North Korea
• Economics Pyongyang Style
• The Worst of Times
• The Pressure to Reform
• The Start of A Sort of Reform
• The Reality of Reform
Part Three: Recent Developments in North Korea
• Something Different Emerges
• Nuclear Ambitions Revealed
• Don't Poke the Snake
Part Four: Conclusions
Change, Collapse & Reunification
• Sparta Reborn
• The End is Nigh
• One Korea
• Conclusion

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