Benjamin R. Young, Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World

In: Journal of American-East Asian Relations
Author: Rob York1
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  • 1 Director for Regional Affairs, Pacific Forum, Honolulu, , HI,
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Is “Hermit Kingdom” an expression we should retire from the discourse around North Korea? The term is a holdover from a much older Korean dynasty—the Joseon kingdom of the 19th Century, when foreign relations were limited and elites looked upon outsiders as barbarians in much the way their suzerains in Jungguk (Imperial China) did. In more recent times, as the regime headquartered in P’yŏngyang heavily restricts foreign travel into the country and allows almost none out, regularly crack downs on foreign culture and ideas (including—make that especially—South Korean), trades almost exclusively with the People’s Republic of China, and

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