Fyodor Tertitskiy is a senior researcher at Seoul’s Kookmin University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Seoul National University, and is author of “North Korea before Kim Il Sung,” which you buy here.
DPRK history is full of powerful men manipulating the past — researchers must tread carefully
Reporters must be more responsible in separating fact from the fiction
News of the elder statesman's replacement marks the end of a remarkable political career
Pyongyang deftly exploited Moscow's weakness in securing its independence
The DPRK leader's death could lead to a major power vacuum, though stability would likely prevail
Pyongyang's historians largely borrowed from Soviet accounts — with a few noteworthy differences
Former members of the 88 brigade came to form much of the DPRK's top brass
Many believed the explosion represented an attempt on Kim Jong Il's life
Rise in stature of Kim Il Sung's wife came in concert with her son's efforts to become successor
The dramatic arrest and death of Kim Jong Un's uncle remains an unprecedented moment in DPRK history
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