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Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics (Hardcover)
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In the years since the death of Kim Jong-il and the formal acknowledgement of Kim Jong-un as head of state, the North Korean regime has made a series of moves to further augment and consolidate the ideological foundations of Kimism and cement the young leader’s legitimacy. Historical narratives have played a critical, if often unnoticed, role in this process. This book seeks to chronicle some of these historical changes and continuities, using theoretical and analytical frameworks to show how and why Kim Jong-un, as the new leader, has been so ubiquitously juxtaposed as an executor of the will of his predecessors. In so doing, the book also explores how ideological retrenchment and conservatism have been at the forefront of Pyongyang’s narrative response to generational change, but also how historical narratives continue to be adapted to suit new and challenging circumstances.