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'Red on white': Kim Il Sung, Park Chung Hee, and the failure of Korea's Reunification, 1971-1973

Radchenko, Sergey 2017. 'Red on white': Kim Il Sung, Park Chung Hee, and the failure of Korea's Reunification, 1971-1973. Cold War History 17 (3) , pp. 259-277. 10.1080/14682745.2016.1265508

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Abstract

The articles argues that in 1971–1973 North Korea’s leader Kim Il Sung used the Sino-American rapprochement and the Soviet-American détente to pursue Korean reunification on his terms; his aim was to ‘democratize’ and then ‘revolutionize’ South Korea and so achieve through dialogue what he failed to achieve through militancy. Kim’s game was based on a misreading of the political dynamics in South Korea and on misplaced confidence in North Korea’s attractiveness. He also misjudged his ability to obtain China’s and the USSR’s backing for his schemes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Law
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1468-2745
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 29 October 2016
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2018 15:02
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/105835

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