December 02, 2022

North Korea’s unique interpretation of Marxist historiography

DPRK philosophy has been mixed in its teaching of traditional Communist narratives of the past

The classical Soviet Marxist approach to history is, first and foremost, extremely simple. History is divided into five stages, called “formations”: prehistoric society, slave state, feudal state, capitalist state, and communism.

The final part is further divided into socialism – the order that existed in the USSR and elsewhere – and communism, the future utopia. The driving force of history is the economy and only the economy, and the change of formations is perpetuated by class struggle.