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North Korean Modern History: A Sourcebook Volume I - kongnpark
The Academy of Korean Studies Press

North Korean Modern History: A Sourcebook Volume I

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ISBN: 9791158663582

 

This source book on North Korean Modern History is published in English to help scholars to research on North Korea. In most cases even the most basic documents relating to North Korea’s history are available only in the Korean language. North Korean authorities occasionally issue English versions of selected documents, but these translations are markedly inferior in quality—some are in atrocious English.
The purpose of this book is to collect and present basic documents and improve our understanding of North Korea’s political and social traditions. This is not an effort to either praise or denigrate North Korea’s accomplishments or failures. it is an introduction of the basic documents that will assist our analysis and understanding of the country.
Translating the North Korean documents into proper English was a more challenging task than the translations into Japanese and acceptable Korean. Therefore, in order to keep this study to a manageable length, the English version is limited to the compilation of the most essential and basic documents.
It is a study on the basic documents of North Korea, and it is hoped that this collection of source materials will be useful to scholars and officials studying or dealing with North Korea. 

 

Dae-Sook Suh

Faculty: Professor of Political Science at University of Hawaii

Wan Bom Lee

Faculty: Professor of Political Science at the Graduate School of Korean Studies, the Academy of Korean Studies

 

Contents

Introduction ix
Part 1 The Workers’ Party of Korea
List of the Basic Documents of the Party 3
Commentary on the Basic Documents of the Party and Ideology 5
Text of the Basic Documents of the Party 12 
1.1. On Eliminating Dogmatism and Formalism and Establishing
Juch’e in Ideological Work (December 28, 1955) 12 
1.2. Report on the Work of the Central Committee to the Third Congress
of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) (April 23, 1956) 26 
1.3. Report on the Work of the Central Committee to the Fourth Congress
of the Workers’ Party of Korea (September 11, 1961) 94
1.4. On the Occasion of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Founding
of the Workers’ Party of Korea [North Korean authorities’ English version] (October 10, 1965) 177 
1.5. On the Questions of the Transition Period from Capitalism to
Socialism and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (May 25, 1967) 201
1.6. Report on the Work of the Central Committee to the Fifth Congress 
of the Workers’ Party of Korea [North Korean authorities’ English version] (November 2, 1970) 211
1.7. On the Occasion of the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Founding of
the Workers’ Party of Korea (October 9, 1975) 283
1.8. Report on the Work of the Central Committee to the Sixth Congress
of the Workers’ Party of Korea (October 10, 1980) 303
1.9. Historical Experience of Building the Workers’ Party of Korea
[North Korean authorities’ English version] (May 31, 1986) 360


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