Tag Archives: Kim Il Sung

A quick look at economic conditions in the post-Kim Il Sung era

It has been 20 years since the death of Kim Il-sung and North Korea is still reeling from the consequences of his economic mishandling. However, many North Koreans appear to have fond memories of the Kim Il-sung era, perhaps because … Continue reading

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Of Fishermen and Borders

We recently published a few of articles focusing on North Korea’s struggle to control its territorial waters. From the exploitation of offshore oil deposits to the construction of the conspicuously ineffective pair of frigates, Pyongyang appears to be doubling its … Continue reading

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Who will buy Kim Il Sung’s bling?

image via coinshome.net The story goes that in 1972, the North Korean state planned to cast a 65-foot tall gold statue of Kim Il Sung to celebrate his 60th birthday. When Pyongyang’s irate economic patrons in Beijing confronted the North … Continue reading

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Case Study: Chronology of the Crisis in Winter 1954-55

Between 1948 and 1954 North Korea abstained from a collectivization drive for political (to avoid alienating South Koreans farmers who the Korean Workers’ Party saw as potential supporters for a communist-driven unification) and military (the Korean War) reasons. Perhaps because … Continue reading

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