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By Charles K. Armstrong

To a lot of the area, North Korea is an impenetrable secret, its internal workings unknown and its activities towards the surface unpredictable and regularly provocative. Tyranny of the Weak unearths for the 1st time the motivations, procedures, and results of North Korea's overseas kin throughout the chilly struggle period. Drawing on wide learn within the records of North Korea's current and previous communist allies, together with the Soviet Union, China, and East Germany, Charles ok. Armstrong tells in brilliant aspect how North Korea controlled its alliances with fellow communist states, maintained a precarious independence within the Sino-Soviet cut up, tried to arrive out to the capitalist West and manifest itself as a version for 3rd international improvement, and faced and engaged with its archenemies, the U.S. and South Korea.

From the invasion that trigger the Korean warfare in June 1950 to the cave in of the Soviet Union in 1991, Tyranny of the Weak indicates how—despite its aim weakness—North Korea has controlled for far of its historical past to accommodate the surface international to its greatest virtue. Insisting on a direction of "self-reliance" because the Nineteen Fifties, North Korea has consistently resisted strain to alter from enemies and allies alike. A worldview shaped within the crucible of the Korean battle and chilly struggle nonetheless keeps a strong carry on North Korea within the twenty-first century, and realizing these ancient forces is as pressing this day because it was once sixty years ago.

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