[KS] [ASCK] Re: DPRKorea as seen from the socialist bloc in the 1950
Afostercarter at aol.com
Afostercarter at aol.com
Wed Apr 8 10:46:03 EDT 2009
Fair question. I had in mind Eric Sirotkin's post, below.
Wondering who he was, I googled - and marvelled
that such dinosaurs still roam the earth in the C21.
(His post here is merely one-sided, but the NLG report
I cited is frankly beyond belief in my judgment.)
Cans of worms lie in wait here, and honorable persons
may and do disagree. But I hope all of us concerned
about Korea would ponder CWIHP's materials; and
also muse on the whole history of fellow-travelling in
Western peace movements, going back to Stalin and Mao.
You will know far better than I, but my sense is that this
wider history is not especially familiar in Korea - where
I find many people don't even know that the author of
1984 and Animal Farm was a socialist. One could also
cite The Who: "Won't get fooled again."
I think you know what I mean.
In a message dated 4/5/2009 18:32:40 GMT Standard Time, sirotkin at igc.org
Dear Friends of Peace in Korea:
Please circulate this press release to any outlets that you may be aware of
and send your own and letters to the editor now!!! Thanks John Feffer and
ASCK for the great language from Paragraph 2! Now is the time for peace
must be the message! I am doing some international news talk shows today.
Please try and get out now to counter the weight of those calling for more
Korean Peace Project - NLG
> PRESS RELEASE
> Re: DPRK Satellite launch symptomatic of a need for a peace treaty
> Contact: Eric Sirotkin eric at ubuntuworks.com and 541-778-4897 or
> The Korean Peace Project of the National Lawyers Guild says that the
> North Korea should be responded to, not by threats and sanctions, but by
> renewed call for normalized relations and an end to the Korean War. In
> the daily warfare was put on hold with an Armistice Agreement that
> a peace treaty. None has ever been signed and the US is forced to deal
> issues like the launch or the captured journalists through third party
> patchwork diplomacy and a high level of mistrust on all sides.
> North Korea has signed the appropriate international protocols governing
> satellites and given the proper notification. The UN resolution
> North Korea after its 2006 nuclear test does not explicitly forbid
> launches. That North Korea is attempting to abide by this resolution
> that Pyongyang still wants to engage with the international community.
> than 158 countries have normalized relations with the DPRK, including
> countries, other than the US and South Korea, that fought in the Korean
> Chair of the Peace Project, Eric Sirotkin, who has traveled several
> the DPRK and the ROK, says ³It is time that the Korean conflict be
> an issue between the divided two nation states to be worked out without
> outside interference. By normalizing relations and ending the Korean
> cannot only save substantial money in difficult times, but America can
> dialogue and building bridges, rather than diplomacy through the barrel
> gun. By not cultivating an on-going, diplomatic relationship, the U.S.
> DPRK has only a dysfunctional relationship based on misunderstanding and
> The United States, despite the most difficult economic crisis in 75
> annually spends billions of dollars maintaining the military defense of
> Korea and this quasi-state of war in Korea. Despite the desire for
> reunification between North and South Korea and extensive formal
> reunifications efforts between the two governments, peace remains
> according to Sirotkin, in large part due the maintenance of a hostile
> relationship between the U.S. and the DPRK. He says, ³The failure to
> recognize the DPRK as a nation and refusal to engage in the powerful
> diplomacy, even with nations with which we may have profound
> at the core of the instability in the region. You can¹t talk about
> weapons, missiles and even human rights without relationship and with an
> existing state of war.²
In a message dated 4/8/2009 15:21:15 GMT Standard Time, henryem at gmail.com
Could you be more specific about the one or two people on the ASCK list who
would benefit / be discomfitted by the CWIHP's archives, and what you
mean by that? Thanks in advance.
On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 9:30 AM, <_Afostercarter at aol.com_
(mailto:Afostercarter at aol.com) > wrote:
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_ (http://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
“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%20D
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
In a message dated 4/8/2009 13:26:32 GMT Standard Time,
_postdali at gmail.com_ (mailto:postdali at gmail.com) writes:
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
I shall be very thankful for any suggestions concerning my thesis topic.
Dept of East Asian Studies
New York University
715 Broadway, 3rd floor
New York, NY. 10003
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