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Environment, Politics, and Ideology in North Korea: Landscape as Political Project

by Robert Winstanley-Chesters Lexington Books (November 12, 2014)

This book provides a unique summary of North Korean environmental and developmental policies. Coupling ideological and political developments with a review of practical projects within specific sectors, it provides...

Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea

by Jang Jin-Sung 37 Ink (May 13, 2014)

THE STORY THEY COULDN'T HACK: In this international bestseller, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom.


The Koreans

by Michael Breen St. Martin's Griffin (May 19, 2014)

The rise of South Korea is one of the most unexpected and inspirational developments of the latter part of our century. A few decades ago, the Koreans were an impoverished, agricultural people. In one generation...

Divided Dynamism: The Diplomacy of Separated Nations: Germany, Korea, China

by John J. Metzler UPA (April 15, 2014)

Divided Dynamism presents a comprehensive review of the political and unification policies of separated nations. Metzler provides an invaluable record of the dynamics of modern politics in the post-Cold War...

DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border

by Suk-Young Kim Columbia University Press (February 18, 2014)

The Korean demilitarized zone might be among the most heavily guarded places on earth, but it also provides passage for thousands of defectors, spies, political emissaries, war prisoners, activists, tourists,...

Korean P'ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History

by Yeonok Jang Scarecrow Press (November 26, 2013)

In Korean P’ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History, Yeonok Jang studies the periodical developments and changes in the performance context, vocal developments, singing...

Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan's Cold War

by Tessa Morris-Suzuki Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 15, 2007)

Through travels that range from Geneva to Pyongyang, this remarkable book takes readers on an odyssey through one of the most extraordinary forgotten tragedies of the Cold War: the "return" of over 90,000 people,...

The Great Successor

by Anna Fifield PublicAffairs (June 10, 2019)

The behind-the-scenes story of the rise and reign of the world's strangest and most elusive tyrant, Kim Jong Un, by the journalist with the best connections and insights into the bizarrely dangerous world of...

See You Again in Pyongyang

by Travis Jeppesen Hachette Books (May 28, 2018)

A "close-up look at the cloistered country" (USA Today), See You Again in Pyongyang is American writer Travis Jeppesen's "probing" and "artful" (New York Times Book Review) chronicle of his travels in North...

The Hermit King

by Chung Min Lee All Points Books (November 04, 2019)

North Korea is poised at the crossroads of history. Which direction will its leader take?

Throughout the world, oppressive regimes are being uprooted and replaced by budding democracies, but one exception remains:...

A History of Korea: From "Land of the Morning Calm" to States in Conflict

by Jinwung Kim Indiana University Press (November 05, 2012)

Contemporary North and South Korea are nations of radical contrasts: one a bellicose totalitarian state with a failing economy; the other a peaceful democracy with a strong economy. Yet their people share a...

North Korea Undercover

by John Sweeney Pegasus Books (July 15, 2015)

North Korea is like no other tyranny on earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation on earth. Big Brother is always watching: It is Orwell's 1984 made reality.Award-winning BBC journalist...

The Culture of Fengshui in Korea: An Exploration of East Asian Geomancy

by Hong-Key Yoon Lexington Books (November 13, 2006)

Hong-Key Yoon's book explores the nature of geomantic principles (fengshui) and the culture of practicing them in Korean cultural contexts. He clearly analyzes the nature and historical background of geomancy,...

Korea: The Impossible Country

by Daniel Tudor Tuttle Publishing (November 10, 2012)

[Long overshadowed by Japan and China, South Korea is a small country that happens to be one of the great national success stories of the postwar period. From a failed state with no democratic tradition, ruined...

Flowering Plums and Curio Cabinets

by Sunglim Kim University of Washington Press (November 21, 2018)

The social and economic rise of the chungin class (�middle people� who ranked between the yangban aristocracy and commoners) during the late Chos n period (1700�1910) ushered in a world of materialism...

To the Diamond Mountains: A Hundred-Year Journey through China and Korea

by Tessa Morris-Suzuki Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 15, 2010)

Following in the footsteps of a writer, artist, and feminist who traveled the route a century ago, To the Diamond Mountains takes readers on a unique journey through China and North and South Korea. By probing...

Korean Communication, Media, and Culture

by Nojin Kwak, Kyu Ho Youm, Hye-ryeon Lee & Yoonmo Sang et al. Lexington Books (August 31, 2018)

Korean Communication, Media, and Culture is a bibliography of English-language publications for non-Korean-speaking academics, researchers, and professionals. In addition to the actual annotations of all the...

Rationality in the North Korean Regime

by David W. Shin Lexington Books (August 15, 2018)

How and why are the Kims rational? There is no consensus about either the Kims’ rationality or how best to determine if they are rational actors. Rationality in the North Korean Regime offers a concise and...

Buddhas and Ancestors

by Juhn Y. Ahn University of Washington Press (June 09, 2018)

Two issues central to the transition from the Kory to the Chos n dynasty in fourteenth-century Korea were social differences in ruling elites and the decline of Buddhism, which had been the state religion. In...

Communication, Digital Media, and Popular Culture in Korea

by Nojin Kwak, Dal Yong Jin, Yeuseung Kim & Ji-Hyun Ahn et al. Lexington Books (May 16, 2018)

In recent decades, Korean communication and media have substantially grown to become some of the most significant segments of Korean society. Since the early 1990s, Korea has experienced several distinctive...

Patriots, Traitors and Empires

by Stephen Gowans Baraka Books (March 27, 2018)

Patriots, Traitors and Empires is an account of modern Korean history, written from the point of view of those who fought to free Korea from the domination of foreign empires. It traces the history of Korea’s...

Pop City

by Youjeong Oh Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Pop City examines the use of Korean television dramas and K-Pop music to promote urban and rural places in South Korea. Building on the phenomenon of Korean pop culture, Youjeong Oh argues that the marketing...

Remaking the Chinese Empire

by Yuanchong Wang Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Remaking the Chinese Empire examines China’s development from an empire into a modern state through the lens of Sino-Korean political relations during the Qing period. Incorporating Korea into the historical...

Reading Colonial Korea through Fiction

by Kim Chul Lexington Books (March 15, 2018)

Reading Colonial Korea through Fiction is a compilation of thirteen original essays which was first serialized in a quarterly issued by the National Institute of Korean Language, Saekuk?saenghwal (Living our...

Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea

by James E. Hoare Scarecrow Press (July 13, 2012)

The Historical Dictionary of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea provides a clear and easily understood history of the DPRK, also known as North Korea. It includes a detailed chronology, an introductory...

The Korean War

by Wada Haruki Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 23, 2018)

This classic history of the Korean War—from its origins through the armistice—is now available in a paperback edition including a substantive introduction that considers the heightened danger of a new Northeast...

The Korean War in Asia

by Tessa Morris-Suzuki Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 07, 2018)

This book takes a fresh look at the Korean War by considering the conflict from a Northeast Asian regional perspective. It highlights the connections of the war to earlier conflicts in the region and examines...

The Korean Wave

by Dal Yong Jin, Tae-Jin Yoon, Lisa Yuk-ming Leung & Hyeri Jung et al. Lexington Books (October 05, 2017)

Since the Korean Wave phenomenon started in 1997, Hallyu has undergone many changes. Geographically, while Asia has been the largest cultural market for the Korean cultural industries, other parts of society,...

From Miracle to Mirage

by Myungji Yang Cornell University Press (March 15, 2018)

Myungji Yang’s From Miracle to Mirage is a critical account of the trajectory of state-sponsored middle-class formation in Korea in the second half of the twentieth century. Yang’s book offers a compelling...

Spiritual Interview with the Guardian Spirit of New South Korean President Moon Jae-In

by Ryuho Okawa IRH Press (June 23, 2017)

In May 2017, the day after Moon Jae-in was elected as president of South Korea, Ryuho Okawa used his extraordinary spiritual power (similar to but surpassing Shakyamuni Buddha’s) and summoned Moon’s guardian...

The Gulag after Stalin

by Jeffrey S. Hardy Cornell University Press (October 18, 2016)

In The Gulag after Stalin, Jeffrey S. Hardy reveals how the vast Soviet penal system was reimagined and reformed in the wake of Stalin's death. Hardy argues that penal reform in the 1950s was a serious endeavor...

A Most Enterprising Country

by Justin V. Hastings Cornell University Press (November 24, 2016)

North Korea has survived the end of the Cold War, massive famine, numerous regional crises, punishing sanctions, and international stigma. In A Most Enterprising Country, Justin V. Hastings explores the puzzle...

Accidental Activists

by Celeste L. Arrington Cornell University Press (March 01, 2016)

Government wrongdoing or negligence harms people worldwide, but not all victims are equally effective at obtaining redress. In Accidental Activists, Celeste L. Arrington examines the interactive dynamics of...

Populist Collaborators

by Yumi Moon Cornell University Press

An empire invites local collaborators in the making and sustenance of its colonies. Between 1896 and 1910, Japan's project to colonize Korea was deeply intertwined with the movements of reform-minded Koreans...

Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950

by Suzy Kim Cornell University Press (August 07, 2013)

During the founding of North Korea, competing visions of an ideal modern state proliferated. Independence and democracy were touted by all, but plans for the future of North Korea differed in their ideas about...

Under the Black Umbrella

by Hildi Kang Cornell University Press (November 12, 2013)

In the rich and varied life stories in Under the Black Umbrella, elderly Koreans recall incidents that illustrate the complexities of Korea during the colonial period. Hildi Kang here reinvigorates a period...

Organizing at the Margins

by Jennifer Jihye Chun ILR Press (September 10, 2009)

The realities of globalization have produced a surprising reversal in the focus and strategies of labor movements around the world. After years of neglect and exclusion, labor organizers are recognizing both...

Tyranny of the Weak

by Charles K. Armstrong Cornell University Press (June 18, 2013)

To much of the world, North Korea is an impenetrable mystery, its inner workings unknown and its actions toward the outside unpredictable and frequently provocative. Tyranny of the Weak reveals for the first...

The North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950

by Charles K. Armstrong Cornell University Press (May 15, 2013)

North Korea, despite a shattered economy and a populace suffering from widespread hunger, has outlived repeated forecasts of its imminent demise. Charles K. Armstrong contends that a major source of North Korea's...

Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Korea

by James E. Hoare Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 09, 2015)

The Korean Peninsula lies at the strategic heart of East Asia, between China, Russia, and Japan, and has been influenced in different ways and at different times by all three of them. Across the Pacific lies...

China–South Korea Relations in the New Era

by Min Ye Lexington Books (June 20, 2017)

This book offers a comprehensive examination of China–South Korea relations after their diplomatic normalization in 1992, paying close attention to the most recent controversies in the bilateral relationship...

South Korea at the Crossroads

by Scott A. Snyder Columbia University Press (January 02, 2018)

Against the backdrop of China's mounting influence and North Korea's growing nuclear capability and expanding missile arsenal, South Korea faces a set of strategic choices that will shape its economic prospects...

Inside the Red Box

by Patrick McEachern Columbia University Press (December 21, 2010)

Traditional political models fail to account for North Korea's institutional politics, making the country's actions seem surprising or confusing when, in fact, they often conform to the regime's own logic. Drawing...

A Primer of the Principles and Values of The Young Korean Academy

by Marn J. Cha Heliograph Publishing (May 24, 2017)

This book is about both a person and an organization.

The person, Ahn Chang Ho, a Korean visionary, moralist, and patriot, was born in 1878, a tumultuous time in Asia. Japan, a rising military and industrial...

Sky Country

by Christine Kitano BOA Editions Ltd. (August 21, 2017)

Christine Kitano's second poetry collection elicits a sense of hunger—an intense longing for home and an ache for human connection. Channeling both real and imagined immigration experiences of her own family—her...

The Korean War

by 50Minutes 50Minutes.com (April 27, 2017)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the events of the Korean War in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of the Korean War. On 25 June 1950,...

Han in the Upper Left

by Korean American Historical Society Chin Music Press Inc. (May 15, 2016)

This in-depth look at one of the fastest-growing immigrant groups in the Pacific Northwest provides a much-needed overview of the Korean American experience as well as moving personal anecdotes. Graphs offer...

Stop North Korea!

by Shepherd Iverson Tuttle Publishing (March 07, 2017)

This radical new approach to dealing with North Korea offers a refreshing perspective on an intransigent and deadly situation.

Imagine you control a multi-billion dollar capital fund, and North Korea is an underperforming...

History Of Korea For Kids: A History Series - Children Explore Histories Of The World Edition

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Learn about the land of kimchi – Korea! It is an Asian powerhouse that stands next to Japan in terms of technological achievements. Through this educational book, your child can go on a virtual tour around...

Nation Building in South Korea

by Gregg A. Brazinsky The University of North Carolina Press (November 20, 2009)

In this ambitious and innovative study Gregg Brazinsky examines American nation building in South Korea during the Cold War. Marshaling a vast array of new American and Korean sources, he explains why South...