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Submission + - Getting North Korea wrong (tandfonline.com)

Dan Drollette writes: "When will the two Koreas unify?" is something that's been asked of this noted Asian history scholar for over four decades. His answer: Don't hold your breath. After 70 years, the North shows no sign of folding. And this is the third generation of the Kim family to run the North. In fact, modern North Korea is a 21-st century Asian monarchy based on the template of the 500-year-long reign of the Choson Dynasty and ancient Neo-Confucianism: emphasizing clearly defined hierarchies, centralized bureaucracy, obedience to the state, and social stability—elements of great use to modern despots.
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Getting North Korea wrong

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