Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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Scarecrow Press, Jul 13, 2012 - History - 416 pages
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which is certainly better known as North Korea, has some difficulty in living up to its billing. There is cause to question the label of democracy and also whether the people come first. But the rest of the world is too busy concentrating on the more immanent problem of it becoming a nuclear power which might just use its bombs. Thus, like it or not, North Korea is a very important country despite its rudimentary economy and social woes, because it is a threat to its nearest neighbors South Korea and Japan, and even its sole “ally” China. That may change, or maybe not, because there is now a new ruler in Pyongyang, the third in a series of Kims.

This Historical Dictionary of the People’s Republic of Korea takes a very close look at the country, especially for the period from 1948 when it was founded, but also before so we know how it emerged, and this can be readily seen from an extensive chronology. The introduction traces its evolution more analytically, going from one period to the next, and ending with the arrival of Kim Jong Un. Obviously, in the dictionary section, there is an informative entry on him and also on his predecessor, Kim Jong Il, and the state’s founder, Kim Il Song, plus many other persons of note. Other entries deal with major events, institutions, economic, social and cultural features, and foreign relations. This ends with a reasonable bibliography, not that large as not that much is written, which only makes this historical dictionary more significant than others.
 

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Contents

Editors Foreword
xi
Preface
xiii
Readers Note
xix
Acronyms and Abbreviations
xxiii
Chronology
xxvii
Map
lxi
Introduction
1
A
33
P
299
R
319
S
345
T
361
U
375
V
393
W
397
Y
403

B
57
C
65
D
99
E
109
F
127
G
149
H
157
I
177
K
195
L
249
M
255
N
271
O
291
Z
409
Appendix A Korean Armistice Agreement 27 July 1953
411
Appendix B NorthSouth Joint Declaration 4 July 1972
433
Appendix C Agreed Framework between the United States ofAmerica and the Democratic Peoples Republic ofKorea 21 October 1994
435
Appendix D June 2000 NorthSouth Joint Declaration
439
Appendix E DPRKUnited States Joint CommuniquéWashington DC October 12 2000
441
Appendix F DPRKJapan September2002 Pyongyang Declaration
445
Appendix G Six Party Talks Joint Statement 19 September 2005
447
Appendix H Six Party Talks Joint Statement Beijing 13 February 2007
449
Appendix I Resolution 1874 2009 Adopted by the Security Council at Its 6141st Meeting 12 June 2009
453
Bibliography
461
About the Author
489
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About the author (2012)

James E. Hoare was a member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1969 to 2003, perhaps his most important posting being as the first British representative to Pyongyang in 2001, but he also served at the British Embassies in Seoul and Beijing. Since retirement, he has been busy teaching at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and writing on Japan and the Koreas, this including North Korea in the 21st Century: An Interpretative Guide. He is also the co-author of the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Korea.

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