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By B. R. Myers

Understanding North Korea via its propaganda

What do the North Koreans particularly think? How do they see themselves and the realm round them?

Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, offers the 1st full-length learn of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on wide study into the regime’s household propaganda, together with motion pictures, romance novels and different artifacts of the character cult, Myers analyzes all of the country’s reputable myths in turn—from the concept of Koreans’ certain ethical purity, to the parable of an the USA quaking in terror of “the Iron General.” In a concise yet groundbreaking old part, Myers additionally lines the origins of this authentic tradition again to the japanese fascist notion during 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” country at the a long way correct of the ideological spectrum.

Since well known aid for the North Korean regime now derives nearly completely from delight in North Korean army could, Pyongyang can neither be cajoled nor bullied into giving up its nuclear application. the results for US international policy—which has hitherto taken care of North Korea because the final outpost of the chilly War—are as visible as they're troubling. With North Korea now calling for a “blood reckoning” with the “Yankee jackals,” Myers’s unheard of research couldn't be extra well timed.

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