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Brief Review of The North Korean People’s Army: Origins and Current Tactics by James Minnich

Recently I’ve been working on a major project which hasn’t been made public yet, and as I’ve built up my research materials I keep coming back to a book that I’d highly recommend to anybody interested in the Korean People’s … Continue reading

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North Korean values, universal principles, and Ruediger Frank

Commentary and summary on Ruediger Frank’s “Can economic theory demystify North Korea?”  Korea Review of International Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2006), 3-26. The debate over the contributions of Asian values on the post-war economic development of the region has … Continue reading

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The Jacobin Experiment: summary of Food Control and Price-Fixing in Revolutionary France by Henry Bourne and reflections on food insecurity in North Korea

Literature in discussion: Henry E. Bourne. “Food Control and Price-Fixing in Revolutionary France.” The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 27, No. 2 (February 1919). Part 1 and Part 2 Food policy of France during the height of revolutionary terror offers … Continue reading

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Summary: Kuark’s North Korea’s Agricultural Development during the Post-War Period

Summary of Yoon T. Kuark. “North Korea’s Agricultural Development during the Post-War Period.” The China Quarterly, No. 14 (Apr. – Jun., 1963), pp. 82-93. The 1963 paper by Kuark presents an interesting and valuable survey of the North Korean state’s … Continue reading

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The Primacy of Relative Scarcity in Agricultural Innovation: Summary of the Hayami-Ruttan Thesis

Summary of: Yujiro Hayami and Vernon W. Ruttan, “Induced innovation in agricultural development.” Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Center for Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 3, May 1971; and Vernon W. Ruttan and Yujiro Hayami, “Toward a theory of induced … Continue reading

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Summary: The Rise and Demise of Industrial Agriculture in North Korea

Chong-Ae Yu. “The Rise and Demise of Industrial Agriculture in North Korea.” The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Working Paper Series Paper No. 08-05, October 2005 Existing literature on North Korea’s food crisis in the 1990s captured important details … Continue reading

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Famine and Food – Case of Greece during the Second World War

We must both have been hungry because we constantly led the conversation round to food. “What is your favorite dish, grandad?” “All of them, my son. It’s a great sin to say this is good and that is bad.” “Why? … Continue reading

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