Title: North Korea: Markets and Military Rule
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
This is a historically founded, empirical study of social and economic transformation wrought by 'marketisation from below' in North Korea. Num Pages: 394 pages. BIC Classification: 1FPKN; HBJF; JPH; JW. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 230 x 154 x 28. Weight in Grams: 564. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780521723442
Synopsis: In this historically grounded, richly empirical study of social and economic transformation in North Korea since 1980, Hazel Smith evaluates North Korean society in the aftermath of the 'marketisation from below' that followed the devastating famine of the early 1990s, estimated to be the cause of around one million fatalities. Challenging preconceptions and the view of stagnation held by many outside observers, Smith argues that there have in fact been a number of significant political, economic and social developments since the period of famine and its tragic consequences. Divided into three parts, Smith charts the history of North Korea from the colonial period, through the Cold War to the present day, analysing developments and the country's relationship with neighbouring South Korea and the West. This accessible and informed account of North Korea offers students and scholars a fresh, insightful and broad-ranging overview of this troubled country today.
Product Description: In this historically grounded, richly empirical study of social and economic transformation in North Korea, Hazel Smith evaluates the 'marketization from below' that followed the devastating famine of the early 1990s, estimated to be the cause of nearly one million fatalities. Smith shows how the end of the Cold War in Europe and the famine ushered brought radical social change to all of North Korean society. This major new study analyses how marketization transformed the interests, expectations and values of the entire society, including Party members, the military, women and men, the young and the elderly. Smith shows how the daily life of North Koreans has become alienated from the daily pronouncements of the North Korean government. Challenging stereotypes of twenty-five million North Koreans as mere bystanders in history, Smith argues that North Koreans are 'neither victims nor villains' but active agents of their own destiny.
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