North Korean Review, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Fall 2021)

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About the Book

North Korean Review is the first academic journal in North America or Europe to focus exclusively on North Korea. The purpose of NKR is to provide readers with an improved understanding of the country’s complexities and the threat it presents to global stability.
International and interdisciplinary, NKR is a refereed journal published twice a year. Topics include culture, history, economics, business, religion, politics and international relations, among others.
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About the Author(s)

Yongho Kim is the director of the Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies and a professor in the Political Science and International Studies Department at Yonsei University.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Yongho Kim
Format: softcover (7 x 10), back issue
Pages: 99
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2021
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Managing Editor’s Comments (Lonnie Edge) 3

Issue Articles

Deviant Cases and Near-Miss Crises: Locating North Korea in the Asian Peace (Van Jackson) 5

The Ties That Bond? Attitudinal Factors Influencing South Korean Support for Unification and Peaceful Coexistence (Madelynn Einhorn and Timothy S. Rich) 18

Let Them Eat Potatoes: Communism, Famine and the Case of North Korea (Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein) 34

Socialist Fraternalism or Socialist Realism? State Survival Versus Ideological Goals as Motivating Factors Behind North Korean Diplomacy Toward Other Socialist States (Jude Rowley) 56

The Kim Il-sung Discourse as a Modern Myth: The Classical Mythic Format and Ego-Oriented Modernity (Hye-sin Yun) 76

Book Reviews 93

Call for Papers and Style Guide 97

Book Reviews & Awards

“Has played a defining role in the field of North Korean studies…recommend[ed] that most academic and public libraries subscribe in order to provide relevant information about Northeast Asian peace and economic prosperity.”—Library Journal.