A Socioeconomic History of North Korea

A Socioeconomic History of North Korea

By: Daniel Schwekendiek (author)Paperback

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Even as its rise as a nuclear power unfolds on the nightly news, North Korea remains arguably the most mysterious country in the world. A virtual blackout of statistical information coming from the reclusive regime has shrouded the day-to-day lives of its inhabitants in secrecy. This groundbreaking study--which relies on rare U.N.-assisted household data and carefully scrutinized propaganda materials--offers the first comprehensive examination of the social and economic history of North Korea from its founding in 1948 to the present day. Included are a chronicle of the political formation of the two Koreas, an exploration of the social aspects of life in North Korea, a discussion of the country's economic structure and development, and cutting-edge anthropometric analysis that reveals how life in seclusion has affected the physical development of North Koreans. A concluding socioeconomic forecast predicts what lies ahead for the "hermit kingdom." Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About Author

Daniel Schwekendiek holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Tuebingen in Germany and has been a scholar at the University of Oxford, Seoul National University, and the University of California at Berkeley. He has published widely on the histories of the two Koreas and their diasporas.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780786463442
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9780786463442
  • ISBN10: 0786463449

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