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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary North Korea

Edited By

Adrian Buzo

ISBN 9780367626068
Published January 9, 2023 by Routledge
308 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary North Korea presents a comprehensive picture of contemporary North Korea, placed in historical context and set against the overlapping fields of politics, economy, culture, society and foreign relations. Spanning a period of significant transition for North Korea, this volume provides accurate analysis and applications of both historical and institutional perspectives.

The volume’s nineteen chapters are representative of the growth in North Korean studies that has occurred since the 1990s, in parallel with the growing maturity of the field in South Korea, as well as with far greater levels of access to North Korean sources.. The volume is divided into five sections, each reflecting an emergent area of debate and research:

  • The Political Perspective
  • The North Korean Economy
  • Foreign Relations
  • Society
  • Culture

This is the first anthology of North Korean studies to demonstrate a clear understanding of North Korea as North Korea, as opposed to a dimly perceived and threatening rogue state. It features contributors both Korean and non-Korean, many working from primary source material. As such, this handbook will prove a valuable resource to students and scholars of Northeast Asian studies, modern Korean history and politics, and comparative politics more broadly.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The political perspective

2. The evolution of the North Korean Socio-Political System, 1945-1994

Balázs Szalontai

3. Masters of survival: North Korean leadership in a hostile world

Andrei Lankov

4. Political economy and ideology under Kim Jong-un

Ruediger Frank

Part 2: The North Korean economy

5. The structural transformation of the North Korean economic planning system

Peter Ward

6. Between the markets and the state: North Korea’s fragile agriculture and food supply

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

7. North Korea’s interaction with the global economy

Justin Hastings

Part 3: Foreign relations

8. ‘The enemies made this possible’: Sino-North Korean relations after 1948

Adam Cathcart and Yujin Lim

9. Nuclear weapons and North Korean foreign policy

Shane Smith

10. North Korea's nuclear diplomacy

Leszek Buszynski

11. Revival of an old friendship: Contemporary North Korea-Russia Relations

Anthony V. Rinna

12. Once more with feeling the US-DPRK dialogue 1993-2020

Adrian Buzo

Part 4: Society

13. Human rights and North Korea

Sandra Fahy

14. The ‘market value’ of people in North Korea

Kim Seokhyang

15. Child mass mobilization in North Korea

Kim Miju

16. The North Korean diaspora

Sheena Chestnut Greitens

Part 5: Culture

17. The evolution of cultural policy and practice in North Korea, seen through the journal Chosŏn ŭmak (Korean music)

Keith Howard

18. Love of the lover, love of the Leader: youth romance in North Korean fiction

Alek Sigley

19. Mass culture in the Kim Jong Un era: continuities and changes

Tatiana Gabroussenko

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Adrian Buzo has published widely on North Korean politics and history. The second edition of his The Guerilla Dynasty: Politics and Leadership in the DPRK was published by Routledge in 2018. He currently teaches at the University of New South Wales.