Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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About the Author
James E. Hoare was a member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1969 to 2003, perhaps his most important posting being as the first British representative to Pyongyang in 2001, but he also served at the British Embassies in Seoul and Beijing. Since retirement, he has been busy teaching at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and writing on Japan and the Koreas, this including North Korea in the 21st Century: An Interpretative Guide. He is also the co-author of the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Korea.
More than 300 cross-referenced entries discussing topics from politics to cultural heritage are featured in this volume on the DPRK. The dictionary is supplemented with a time line comprising 130-plus years of historical events, a substantial bibliography, and appendixes providing significant political documents. Entries range from brief paragraphs to several pages and include Armed forces, Industry, and Ryugyong Hotel as well as many biographies of Korean and world leaders. This work documents to the end of 2011....Recommended as an accurate reference, suitable for most library collections.--Booklist
This dictionary is a ready-reference source of historical information on North Korea from the 1800s to the present. The closest book of its kind is Ilpyong Kim's The Historical Dictionary of North Korea (CH, Oct'03, 41-0695); however, this new dictionary's preface indicates that it is not a second edition of Kim's book, but rather a new work. Hoare, as a research analyst, studied North Korea from outside while serving in the British Foreign Service for 33 years. Then in 2001 he served as the first British representative to Pyongyang, garnering firsthand knowledge of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). This dictionary features issue-driven entries on topics including the DPRK's nuclear program and missile weapons, the Sunshine Policy and other foreign policy issues, important domestic political leaders and statesmen, major organizations, and important events. The dictionary entries feature helpful cross-references that are particularly useful because the Romanization of Korean names can vary, and tends to follow personal preferences. For example, without the help of a see also reference, a Western reader might easily miss the fact that Rim Su Gyong is the same name as Lim Soo-Kyung. . . . This book serves as an excellent starting point for students, researchers, and others wanting to learn more about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers.--CHOICE
[James E. Hoare] has produced a valuable book that probably goes as far as any author could do in answering the questions that the general reader may ask about one of the world's least understood countries.--Reference Reviews