Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 May 2013

304 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199964291

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The Real North Korea

Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia

Andrei Lankov

  • Based on both archival research as well as extensive interviews with North Koreans inside and outside their country, in their native language (a surprisingly rare case in North Korean studies)
  • Challenges some widespread assumptions about North Korea like the idea that 'sooner or later, North Korea will emulate China' (the author demonstrates why this is highly unlikely to happen and if were happen, how it is even less likely to succeed)
  • Challenges two schools of thought which exist in the US foreign policy establishment and in academy when it comes to dealing with North Korea. The book explains why neither a hardliner nor a dove can seem to get the results they want in dealing with the North and why both strategies are flawed