By B. R. Myers
Understanding North Korea via its propaganda
What do the North Koreans quite think? How do they see themselves and the area round them?
Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, offers the 1st full-length examine of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on vast study into the regime’s family propaganda, together with motion pictures, romance novels and different artifacts of the character cult, Myers analyzes all the country’s professional myths in turn—from the proposal of Koreans’ specified ethical purity, to the parable of an the USA quaking in terror of “the Iron General.” In a concise yet groundbreaking ancient part, Myers additionally lines the origins of this reputable tradition again to the japanese fascist proposal within which North Korea’s first ideologues have been schooled.
What emerges is a regime thoroughly not like the West’s conception of it. this can be neither a bastion of Stalinism nor a Confucian patriarchy, yet a paranoid nationalist, “military-first” nation at the some distance correct of the ideological spectrum.
Since renowned help for the North Korean regime now derives nearly completely from delight in North Korean army may possibly, Pyongyang can neither be cajoled nor bullied into giving up its nuclear application. the results for US overseas policy—which has hitherto handled North Korea because the final outpost of the chilly War—are as noticeable as they're troubling. With North Korea now calling for a “blood reckoning” with the “Yankee jackals,” Myers’s unparalleled research couldn't be extra well timed.
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The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters by B. R. Myers