[KS] Announcing publication of new book: North Korea and the Geopolitics of Development.
K.Gray at sussex.ac.uk
Fri Apr 16 04:34:44 EDT 2021
Dear Korean Studies list subscribers,
I'd like to announce publication of my new co-authored book (with Lee Jong-Woon of Hanshin University), titled "North Korea and the Geopolitics of Development" and published by Cambridge University Press. Hopefully it makes some small contribution to the literature on North Korea.
The book is a little pricey for the first 12 months before it is published in paperback (depending on library sales), but if you want to buy it, there a 20% discount on the Cambridge University Press, using this code NKGD2021 at the checkout.
Short description of the book:
Kevin Gray and Jong-Woon Lee focus on three geopolitical 'moments' that have been crucial to the shaping of the North Korean system: colonialism, the Cold War, and the rise of China, to demonstrate how broader processes of geopolitical contestation have fundamentally shaped the emergence and subsequent development of the North Korean political economy. They argue that placing the nexus between geopolitics and development at the centre of the analysis helps explain the country's rapid catch-up industrialisation, its subsequent secular decline followed by collapse in the 1990s, and why the reform process has been markedly more conservative compared to other state socialist societies. As such, they draw attention to the specificities of North Korea's experience of late development, but also place it in a broader comparative context by understanding the country not solely through the analytical lens of state socialism but also as an instance of post-colonial national development.
Prof. Kevin Gray
School of Global Studies,
University of Sussex,
Tel: +44 (0)1273 678947
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