April 23, 2024

Book review: Jargon weighs down an impressive study of gender in North Korea

‘North Korea’s Mundane Revolution’ draws heavily on DPRK publications but ultimately has limited appeal beyond academia

In a new book, the Canadian academic Andre Schmid offers a theoretical critique of North Korea’s economic and social development in the period from the Korean War’s Armistice to the middle of the 1960s.

“North Korea’s Mundane Revolution: Socialist Living and the Rise of Kim Il Sung, 1953-1965” examines DPRK media after the Korean War to interpret the lives of Koreans in the country, exploring the regime’s failure to build an egalitarian society.

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