North Korea - country study by Robert Worden (2008) PDF ebook

North Korea: a country study

North Korea: a country study


Historical setting -- The Society and Its environment -- The Economy -- Government and politics

This volume is one in a continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Divison of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program, formerly sponsored by the Department of the Army and revived in FY 2004 with congressionally mandated funding under the sponsorship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5). 

Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by historical and cultural factors. Each study is written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists. 

The authors seek to provide a basic understanding of the observed society, striving for a dynamic rather than a static portrayal. Particular attention is devoted to the people who make up the society, their origins, dominant beliefs and values, their common interests and the issues on which they are divided, the nature and extent of their involvement with national institutions, and their attitudes toward each other and toward their social system and political order. 

The books represent the analysis of the authors and should not be construed as an expression of an official U.S. government position, policy, or decision. The authors have sought to adhere to accepted standards of scholarly objectivity. Corrections, additions, and suggestions for changes from readers will be welcomed for use in future editions.

 This edition supersedes North Korea: A Country Study, published in 1994. The authors wish to acknowledge their use of portions of that edition in the preparation of the current book. Various members of the staff of the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress assisted in the preparation of the book. 

Sandra W. Meditz made many helpful suggestions during her review of all parts of the book and managed the editing, indexing, and production of the book. Catherine Schwartzstein edited the manuscript, made many very useful suggestions and helped clarify obscure points. She also performed the final prepublication editorial review and compiled the index. Sarah Ji- Young Kim provided valuable assistance in check- ing facts, reviewing and revising maps and figures, collecting illustrations, and assisting with the preparation of the Country Profile and Bibliography. Margaret L. Park, a Library of Congress intern from Rutgers University, prepared the preliminary drafts of the maps for the book. Janie L. Gilchrist performed word processing.

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