Aquariums of Pyongyang

Author: Chol-hwan Kang,Pierre Rigoulot

Publisher: Perseus Books Group


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 266

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The memoirs of a survivor of a North Korean communist prison describes the harsh conditions in a gulag, his life in North Korea, and his daring escape. Reprint.

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Author: Kang Chol-Hwan,Pierre Rigoulot

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857895389

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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A magnificent, harrowing testimony to the voiceless victims of North Korea. Kang Chol-Hwan is the first survivor of a North Korean concentration camp to escape the 'hermit kingdom' and tell his story to the world. This memoir reveals the human suffering in his camp, with its forced labour, frequent public executions and near-starvation rations. Kang eventually escaped to South Korea via China to give testimony to the hardships and atrocities that constitute the lives of the thousands of people still detained in the gulags today. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this story of one young man's personal suffering finally gives eye-witness proof to this neglected chapter of modern history.

Summary of Chol-hwan Kang & Pierre Rigoulot's The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Author: Everest Media

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 1669350827

Category: History

Page: 42

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 In the 1960s, North Korea’s disaster was not yet on the horizon. In economic terms, the country was neck and neck with the South, and in Pyongyang, the regime’s privileged showcase, it seemed the Party’s talk of triumph and promise might actually be true. #2 I had fond memories of my time at the School of the People, a grammar school in Pyongyang. Despite their adherence to communist educational methods, almost all the teachers were attentive and patient with their pupils. #3 In North Korea, the education of the revolution’s soldiers was a top priority. We were taught about the morals of communism and the history of the Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il regime. We were never asked to do anything too difficult. #4 My family was better off than most, living in a newly built neighborhood that was exceptionally quiet and verdant. We had a refrigerator, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, and a color television set.

The Palgrave Handbook of Cold War Literature

Author: Andrew Hammond

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030389731

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 831

View: 7837

This book offers a comprehensive guide to global literary engagement with the Cold War. Eschewing the common focus on national cultures, the collection defines Cold War literature as an international current focused on the military and ideological conflicts of the age and characterised by styles and approaches that transcended national borders. Drawing on specialists from across the world, the volume analyses the period’s fiction, poetry, drama and autobiographical writings in three sections: dominant concerns (socialism, decolonisation, nuclearism, propaganda, censorship, espionage), common genres (postmodernism, socialism realism, dystopianism, migrant poetry, science fiction, testimonial writing) and regional cultures (Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe and the Americas). In doing so, the volume forms a landmark contribution to Cold War literary studies which will appeal to all those working on literature of the 1945-1989 period, including specialists in comparative literature, postcolonial literature, contemporary literature and regional literature.

From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez

Author: Paul Hollander

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107071038

Category: History

Page: 336

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This book explores the roots of reverence and admiration expressed by many distinguished Western intellectuals for ruthless dictators.

Asian American Fiction, History and Life Writing

Author: Helena Grice

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136604855

Category: History

Page: 166

View: 8527

The last ten years have witnessed an enormous growth in American interest in Asia and Asian/American history. In particular, a set of key Asian historical moments have recently become the subject of intense American cultural scrutiny, namely China’s Cultural Revolution and its aftermath; the Korean American war and its legacy; the era of Japanese geisha culture and its subsequent decline; and China’s one-child policy and the rise of transracial, international adoption in its wake. Grice examines and accounts for this cultural and literary preoccupation, exploring the corresponding historical-political situations that have both circumscribed and enabled greater cultural and political contact between Asia and America.

Tyranny of the Weak

Author: Charles K. Armstrong

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801468949

Category: History

Page: 328

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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 time the motivations, processes, and effects of North Korea's foreign relations during the Cold War era. Drawing on extensive research in the archives of North Korea's present and former communist allies, including the Soviet Union, China, and East Germany, Charles K. Armstrong tells in vivid detail how North Korea managed its alliances with fellow communist states, maintained a precarious independence in the Sino-Soviet split, attempted to reach out to the capitalist West and present itself as a model for Third World development, and confronted and engaged with its archenemies, the United States and South Korea. From the invasion that set off the Korean War in June 1950 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Tyranny of the Weak shows how—despite its objective weakness—North Korea has managed for much of its history to deal with the outside world to its maximum advantage. Insisting on a path of "self-reliance" since the 1950s, North Korea has continually resisted pressure to change from enemies and allies alike. A worldview formed in the crucible of the Korean War and Cold War still maintains a powerful hold on North Korea in the twenty-first century, and understanding those historical forces is as urgent today as it was sixty years ago.

North Korea: The Politics of Regime Survival

Author: Young Whan Kihl,Hong Nack Kim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317463765

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Featuring contributions by some of the leading experts in Korean studies, this book examines the political content of Kim Jong-Il's regime maintenance, including both the domestic strategy for regime survival and North Korea's foreign relations with South Korea, Russia, China, Japan, and the United States. It considers how and why the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) became a "hermit kingdom" in the name of Juche (self-reliance) ideology, and the potential for the barriers of isolationism to endure. This up-to-date analysis of the DPRK's domestic and external policy linkages also includes a discussion of the ongoing North Korean nuclear standoff in the region.

A History of Korea

Author: Michael J. Seth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742567176

Category: History

Page: 552

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In this comprehensive yet compact book, Michael J. Seth surveys Korean history from Neolithic times to the present. He explores the origins and development of Korean society, politics, and its still little-known cultural heritage from their inception to the two Korean states of today. Telling the remarkable story of the origins and evolution of a society that borrowed and adopted from abroad, Seth describes how various tribal peoples in the peninsula came together to form one of the world's most distinctive communities. He shows how this ancient, culturally and ethnically homogeneous society was wrenched into the world of late-nineteenth-century imperialism, fell victim to Japanese expansionism, and then became arbitrarily divided into two opposed halves, North and South, after World War II. Tracing the past seven decades, the book explains how the two Koreas, with their deeply different political and social systems and geopolitical orientations, evolved into sharply contrasting societies. South Korea, after an unpromising start, became one of the few postcolonial developing states to enter the ranks of the first world, with a globally competitive economy, a democratic political system, and a cosmopolitan and dynamic culture. North Korea, by contrast, became one of the world's most totalitarian and isolated societies, a nuclear power with an impoverished and famine-stricken population. Seth describes and analyzes the radically different and historically unprecedented trajectories of the two Koreas, formerly one tight-knit society. Throughout, he adds a rich dimension by placing Korean history into broader global perspective and by including primary readings from each era. All readers looking for a balanced, knowledgeable history will be richly rewarded with this clear and concise book.