[KS] NKIDP Working Paper #3: "'Mostly Propaganda in Nature:' Kim Il Sung, the Juche Ideology, and the Second Korean War" by Mitch Lerner
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NKIDP is pleased to announce the publication of Working Paper #3,
"'Mostly Propaganda in Nature:' Kim Il Sung, the Juche Ideology, and the
Second Korean War" by Mitchell Lerner. Based on newly declassified Czech,
(East) German, Russian, and Hungarian archival documents, Lerner explores the
origins of North Korea's military adventurism in the late 1960s. Lerner argues
that the source of North Korea's conduct during this period was an attempt to
compensate for internal failures by generating external crises that would help
North Korean leader Kim Il Sung offset any potential threat to his control
largely by using these crises as a platform to demonstrate his adherence to
Juche, or "self-reliance" ideology, which by the mid-1960s had been
established as the nation's primary value system.
The Working Paper
includes an extensive appendix of translated Czech, (East) German, Russian, and
Hungarian archival documents.
Mitchell Lerner is associate
professor of history at the Ohio State University and the Mershon Center for
National Security Studies. He is the author of The Pueblo Incident: A Spy
Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy (Kansas, 2002), and has
published articles about US-Korean relations in Diplomatic History,
Diplomacy and Statecraft, the Korea Society Quarterly, and the
Journal of Cold War Studies. Professor Lerner is also the editor of
Looking Back at LBJ, a collection of essays about the Johnson
Administration which was published in 2005.
To view Working Paper #3
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