June 03, 2020

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Natalia Matveeva

Natalia Matveeva is a Ph.D. student at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), focusing on the economic and political development of North and South Korea in the late 1950s-early 1960.

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The historical roots of North Korea's notoriously-unreliable statistics

From grain cultivation to heavy industry, manipulation of data made numbers larger than reality

Natalia Matveeva June 27, 2019

Dizzy with success: North Korea's ambitious, and troubled, first five year plan

The DPRK's first experience with long-term economic planning produced mixed results

Natalia Matveeva May 27, 2019

Why the USSR tried — and failed — to slow North Korean collectivization

Kim Il Sung's 1950s agrarian reforms further deepened the gap between Moscow and Pyongyang

Natalia Matveeva April 22, 2019