North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea by Andrei LankovThe Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea for over 60 years. Most of that period has found the country suffering under mature Stalinism characterized by manipulation, brutality and tight social control. Nevertheless, some citizens of Kim Jong Ils regime manage to transcend his tyranny in their daily existence. This book describes that difficult but determined existence and the world that the North Koreans have created for themselves in the face of oppression. Many features of this world are unique and even bizarre. But they have been created by the citizens to reflect their own ideas and values, in sharp contrast to the world forced upon them by a totalitarian system. Opening chapters introduce the political system and the extent to which it permeates citizens daily lives, from the personal status badges they wear to the nationalized distribution of the food they eat. Chapters discussing the schools, the economic system, and family life dispel the myth of the workers paradise that North Korea attempts to perpetuate. In these chapters the intricacies of daily life in a totalitarian dictatorship are seen through the eyes of defectors whose anecdotes constitute an important portion of the material. The closing chapter treats at length the significant changes that have taken place in North Korea over the last decade, concluding that these changes will lead to the quiet but inevitable death of North Korean Stalinism. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
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Rating: Strong Essays. Open Document. Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper. Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly. Having shared the same culture during the history of the Korean peninsula by more than a thousand years, it is natural that this half-century break ends one day. Still, some South Koreans oppose the reunification of the North and South Koreas because its cost will be immense. Given that the North Korean share in the total Korean population is larger than that of the GDR in Germany, the costs to be borne by South Korea would be relatively higher
Totalitarian Societies By George Orwell
But in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell uses it as an idea of surveillance and someone…. Nineteen Eighty-Four is told in three sections, comprising eight, ten, and six chapters respectively. The narration is from the third person, with an omniscience limited to Winston's perspective.
Pssst… we can write an original essay just for you. Immense power and control, that is what every government wants. Orwell portrayed this in his novel through the Party, which manipulated the people through striking fear, consistent surveillance, and deprivation of knowledge. In , the promotion of disinformation and ignorance allows the ruling government to remain in power; a technique also used by Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump. The Party wants its people to think and act ignorant to what is going on around them. Winston, for instance, knows to manage his intellectual thoughts, or otherwise known as thoughtcrimes, in order to save himself from death. This is also why the citizens in the novel act as if they are clueless to what is going on around them.