[KS] DPRKorea as seen from the socialist bloc in the 1950
Afostercarter at aol.com
Afostercarter at aol.com
Wed Apr 8 09:30:24 EDT 2009
Thanks for posting. What an interesting topic!
You probably know already, or everyone will reply
to your query and tell you, about CWIHP:the
Cold War International History Project:
(See the post below to this list from 2004,
although NB the eddress has changed since then.)
CWIHP has compiled at least two fascinating
collections on North Korea in the early years,
drawing mainly on reports from various east
European embassies in Pyongyang at the time:
I am copying this also to a few scholars with similar
research interests, who may be able to help further.
Finally, I take the liberty of copying in the Association
of Scholars Concerned about Korea (asck.org).
Judging from recent posts, there are one or two people
on that list who could benefit from reading and pondering
CWIHP's archives, though it may discomfit them somewhat.
For your part, I wonder what you would make of this:
Your broader research area is not yet history, it appears!
I hope this is helpful. Good luck!
Easter greetings from England,
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Recent op-eds, etc:
New! “Keep our powder dry for now – but prepare for a bumpy landing”
Scotsman, 6 April 2009.
New! “Fortress Korea remains off limits”. Letter, Financial Times, 1 April
“Kim’s last chance to reform – and save his country”. Comment, Financial
Times, 11 February 2009
KS] "Inside North Korea": CWIHP Publishes Internal Documents on North Korea
COLDWAR Project _COLDWAR1 at WWIC.SI.EDU _
(mailto:Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws?Subject=[KS]%20"Inside%20North%20Korea":%20CWIHP%20Publishes%20Internal%20Docu
Thu Jul 15 11:07:05 EDT 2004
The Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project
(Christian F. Ostermann, director) has published dozens of formerly
secret internal documents from the archives of North Korea's
former Communist allies for the 1950-1988 period.
The documents are the result of a special effort by the Project to
mine the archives of North Korea's former allies. The CWIHP Korea
Initiative has been systematically exploring East European, Russian
and (to a lesser extent) Chinese archives for insights into
perceptions and policymaking in Pyongyang. The Korea Initiative
presented its first findings at a workshop hosted in conjunction with
George Washington University in March 2003 ("North Korea's Crisis
Behavior, Past and Present: New Light from the Archives of its Former
Allies"), at which leading Korea specialists from academia, research
centers, and government agencies in the United States, the Republic
of Korea and Eastern Europe provided a first analysis of the
significance of the new documents on North Korea.
The newly accessible documentation bears on such questions as North
Korea's reaction to aid and external pressures, the internal workings
of the Kim regime and the ideological prism of the North Korean
Included in the sensational collection are transcripts between
Kim Il-Sung and Communist leaders, as well as dozens of embassy
reports from European embassies in Pyongyang.
The documents can be downloaded at no charge at
_http://cwihp.si.edu,_ (http://cwihp.si.edu,/) or a copy of the most recent
can be obtained by emailing your full mail address to
_coldwar1 at si.edu._
(http://koreaweb.ws/mailman/listinfo/koreanstudies_koreaweb.ws) Please feel free to distribute this message.
Christian F. Ostermann,
Director, Cold War International History Project
Woodrow Wilson Center
In a message dated 4/8/2009 13:26:32 GMT Standard Time, postdali at gmail.com
It is my first time to write on this list. Please forgive me any
misunderstandings or mistakes.
I am a Polish student in the Sociology Faculty of the Academy of Korean
Studies, Bundang in South Korea. I am writing an M.D. thesis about the social
influence and reception of the DPRKorea and Kimilsungism in Poland in the 1950s.
It seems to be a very narrow topic yet it is still interesting to track the
materials in the stalinist Poland, and those after the 1956, which show
Pyongyang's communist government.
I have searched quite a bit and found materials and historical sources, as
well as the classic texts (books about North Korea in statu nascendi), yet
still I wonder maybe somebody knows any sources and/or articles treating about
the DPRKorea in the socialist countries, its policy or propaganda, the way the
DPRK was trying to achieve the goal of reconstruction of the country and
become independent of foreign influences, and presenting itself abroad.
I shall be very thankful for any suggestions concerning my thesis topic.
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