[KS] Book Announcement - Environment, Politics, and Ideology in North Korea: Landscape as Political Project

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Mon Nov 24 08:13:48 EST 2014

Dear list members,

I am pleased to announce the publication of Environment, Politics, and Ideology in North Korea: Landscape as Political Project (Lexington Press) by Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters (University of Cambridge/University of Leeds).

Environmental and developmental matters have long proved key to North Korea’s “revolutionary” industrial and economic strategies. They have equally been important to Pyongyang’s diplomatic and geo-political efforts both during the Warsaw Pact period and in our contemporary era following the collapse of its supportive and collaborative partners. However, while environmental issues have been very important to North Korea, academic analysis, and commentary addressing this field of governmental and institutional functionality has been almost entirely lacking.

This book fills this analytical void. Taking a narrative view of developmental approach throughout the political and ideological history of North Korea, Winstanley-Chesters first considers its impact on its landscapes and topographies in general throughout the era of the Kim dynasty. Second, in light of recent academic analysis suggesting North Korea as a space of Charismatic politics, the book focuses on the specificity of individual developmental sectors and projects, such as those addressing forestry and hydrology, seeking to trace general trends into these more particular environmental fields.

"Winstanley-Chesters' scholarship in this book is impeccable." - Benjamin Habib (LaTrobe University)
"A must-read in the burgeoning literature devoted to how North Korea has achieved the apparently impossible: survival against all odds after the end of the Cold War." - Peter Hayes (Nautilus Institute for Security and Stability)
"This eye-opening book written by a gifted geographer does a great service to the vibrant field of North Korean studies today." - Heonik Kwon (University of Cambridge)
"Robert Winstanley-Chesters allows us to reconsider the charismatic political structures behind the North Korean landscape and, doing so, sheds new lights on the present North Korean crisis." (Valérie Gelézeau, École des hautes études en sciences sociales)

Environment, Politics, and Ideology in North Korea Landscape as Political Project
by Robert Winstanley-Chesters
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739187777 <https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739187777>
978-0-7391-8777-7 • Hardback
978-0-7391-8778-4 • eBook

Kind regards,

Sherri L. Ter Molen
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Communication
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, USA
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