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North Korea handbook
Yŏnhap T'ongsin (Firm)
Publication Information:
Armonk, NY : M.E. Sharpe, [2003]

Physical Description:
cvi, 1153 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
General Note:
"An East gate book."

Includes index.
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This is a timely and comprehensive guide to one of the most volatile, misunderstood, and potentially dangerous states in the world, and one of great strategic importance to U.S. interests in Asia. Featuring a detailed "who's who" section, it covers politics, the economy, the military, education, and culture, and provides numerous vital statistical data.

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This English-language translation and expansion of a recent edition of Yonhap's Korea Annual has been updated, through October 2002, with information relating to the nuclear weapons controversy; it is otherwise current through 2001. It is arranged in seven major sections: geography, politics, economy, society, culture and sports, diplomacy, and the military. Despite heavy reliance on North Korean sources the presentation appears to be balanced and objective. While offering value to graduate students and researchers, the style is accessible to undergraduates. Supplementary materials include 169 black-and-white photographs, more than 100 tables, provincial maps, several chronologies and calendars, a lengthy list of transliterated names, an impressive biographical directory, a directory of industrial plants, many useful documents (e.g., the 1998 constitution, nuclear weapons statements, and treaties), and a detailed subject index. The comprehensive coverage of North Korea, along with the timely coverage of events on the Korean peninsula, is appropriate for most academic libraries and essential for those supporting international relations and East Asian studies programs. Nevertheless, most libraries will be quite satisfied by acquiring the much less expensive, very similar paperback Korea Annual (1964- ). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and academic collections. K. W. Berger Duke University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
List of Tables List of Box Information
Foreword Preface
Principles of Transliteration of Korean Characters
Glossary of Acronyms and Special Terms Used in the Text Special Update on Recent Developments in North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program
Special Edition
Chapter I Geography
Chapter II Politics
Chapter III Economy
Chapter IV Society
Chapter V Culture & Sports
Chapter VI Diplomacy
Chapter VII Military
Appendix I Who's Who
Appendix II North Korea Chronology
Appendix III Constitution of North Korea
Appendix IV Major Official Documents Regarding Inter-Korean Relations
Appendix V Major Industrial Facilities
Appendix VI Calendar of Historical Events