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North Korea

The Struggle Against American Power

by Tim Beal

This book demystifies North Korea by looking beyond the 'axis of evil' label.
This book seeks to demystify North Korea by cutting through the propaganda to unearth the complex and contradictory realities of this unique country. The North is not a 'workers' paradise' but neither is it a threat to its neighbours and the world. The once vigorous economy was devastated by the collapse of the Soviet Union and now its main foreign policy objective, and the key to its economic rehabilitation, is normalisation of relations with the United States. But not normalisation at the expense of independence.

Tim Beal reveals a country overburdened by military spending that sees itself under constant threat. However, he also reveals how North Korea has opened to the world in recent years, establishing diplomatic relations with the West and trying to break free of foreign aid. Exploring a broad range of subjects including the historical and political framework of North Korea, the development of the nuclear crisis, human rights issues, drug trading, as well as its shifting relationship with South Korea, this is an ideal book for anyone who wants a thorough introduction to the remarkable challenges this country faces.

Tim Beal has researched and taught widely on Asian politics and business and is currently focused on North Korea. He has recently retired from the School of Marketing and International Business at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is the author of Crisis in Korea (Pluto, 2011) and North Korea: The Struggle Against American Power (Pluto, 2005).

'Timely, important, and provocative. A useful corrective to the stereotypes and misinformation that pervade 'conventional wisdom' about North Korea' - Professor Charles Armstrong, Director, The Center for Korean Research, Columbia University. Author of The North KoreanRevolution, 1945-1950 'Significantly more even handed than the vast majority of what Americans read or hear' - Reference & Research Book News, May 2006
Part I: Fulcrum of geography, anvil of history: DPRK in historical perspective
Introduction to Part I
Chapter one: The roots of modern Korea: from Tangun to Liberation
Chapter two: Years of struggle, years of hope: Korean War to first nuclear crisis
Chapter three: Creation of the Agreed Framework and the flowering of détente
Chapter four: Crisis reignited: economic reform, regional accord, Washington discord
Part II: The pillars of confrontation
Introduction to Part II
Chapter five: The Human Rights record: complexities, causes, solutions
Chapter six: Drugs and Generals
Chapter seven: The Nuclear Confrontation
Chapter eight: On the Precipice: Options, positions and dangers at the start of the second Bush administration
Appendix one: Economic statistics
Appendix two: Military statistics
Appendix three: Documentary sources
Appendix four: A timeline of nuclear and missile issues and activities
Published by Pluto Press in Aug 2005
Paperback ISBN: 9780745320137

352 pages

135mm x 215mm