[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

Dear Jakub,
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:
See also
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,
Aidan FC
Aidan  Foster-Carter 
Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology  & Modern Korea, Leeds 
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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
(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 
CWIHP Bulletin 
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

_http://cwihp.si.edu_ (http://cwihp.si.edu/) 

In a message dated 4/8/2009 13:26:32 GMT Standard Time, postdali at gmail.com  

Dear All   

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.
Best regards
Jakub Paprocki

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