By Jae-Cheon Lim
Kim Jong Il got here to energy after the demise of his father Kim Il Sung in 1994. opposite to expectancies, he has succeeded in holding adequate political balance to stay in energy. Kim Jong Il's management of North Korea is an exam of the way political strength has been constructed, transmitted from father to son, and now operates in North Korea
Using various unique North Korean assets in addition to South Korean fabrics Jae-Cheon Lim items jointly the ostensibly contradictory and inconsistent evidence right into a conceptual coherent framework. This ebook considers Kim and his management via an analytical framework. composed of 4 major parts: i) Kim as a pace-setter of a totalitarian society; ii) as a political candidate; iii) as a Korean; and iv) as someone individual.
This illuminating account of what constitutes strength and the way it's used makes a tremendous contribution to the knowledge of an opaque and hard regime. will probably be of curiosity for top point undergraduate, postgraduates and teachers drawn to North Korean politics, and in addition these in Political theory.
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He could not occupy the post of chairman because this was reserved for teachers. 113 Given his activities at the Children’s Union and the Democratic Youth League, Kim Jong Il himself appeared to make efforts to become a leader on a par with his father. According to his schoolmates, Kim was not an excellent student grade-wise. His marks remained at the intermediate level in his class. His views on studying reﬂected his father’s – he studied only for practical purposes. Kim Jong Il hated to read books to acquire ‘knowledge for knowledge’s sake’.
There were many kinds of food such as bread, candies, etc. 118 In Kim Chˇong-min’s recollections, Kim Jong Il was different from other guerrillas’ children in many respects. As the son of the premier, he was well treated materially, and Kim Il Sung’s security detail guarded Kim Jong Il wherever he went. The memoirs also show that the teenage Jong Il still missed his mother very much. Kim was interested in diverse activities – playing piano, cards, soccer, and gunmanship. 119 Like ordinary Korean parents, Kim Il Sung paid special attention to Jong Il’s education.
72 As a former guerrilla, Kim Ch˘ong-suk was involved in establishing the Pyongyang School for Bereaved Children of Revolutionaries, known as Man'gyongdae school. 74 In North Korea, the school remains a continuing symbol of Kim’s comradeship. Kim Il Sung and Kim Ch˘ong-suk often visited the Man'gy˘ongdae school to take care of the students in the place of their real parents. They were called ‘father’ and ‘mother’ by the school’s students. When Kim Il Sung could not visit the school, Kim Ch˘ong-suk went alone.