North Korea has traditionally been seen as militarily superior to South Korea in the long feud between the two nations. This brilliantly argued book taps into a great deal of news interest in North Korea at the moment in the wake of recent hostility against Japan. Hamm controversially shows that the received idea of Koreas military strength is partly a myth created by South Korea to justify a huge programme of rearmament.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 State and Armament: Theory and Hypotheses; Chapter 3 On Military Capabilities: Facts and Methods of Assessment; Chapter 4 Conflict and Militarisation on the Korean Peninsula; Chapter 5 Military Balance and Arms Race Between the Two Koreas; Chapter 6 Resources, State Power, and Armament; Chapter 7 Conclusion;
Taik-young Hamm is Professor of Political Science and Associate Director for Research at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University, Seoul. He has written extensively on the security of Korea and the North Korean political Economy.