*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

North Korea: The Kim Dynasty

This course will trace developments in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) from the partition of the peninsula in August of 1945 into the second decade of the twenty-first century. Course topics will include the rise to power of Kim Il-Sung and his successors, i.e., son and grandson, their respective domestic policies and the intended effects of each, changes in those policies over time, and the response of the ordinary Korean people. Note: This course does not meet on Tuesday, November 20.

Instructor Bio:

Ron Dimberg received his doctorate in East Asian studies from Columbia University. He joined the UVA Department of History in 1968 and taught East Asian history through the fall of 2015, the final three and a half years as adjunct, following retirement in the spring of 2012. His initial concentration was premodern China but shifted to Korea in the 1990s.

Recommended Reading:

Myers, B. R. The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves—and Why  It Matters, 2011. Lankov, Andrei. The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia, 2014. Tudor, D. and J. Pearson. North Korea Confidential, 2015.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B205 Ronald Dimberg Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 27, Dec 4, 11 Tu 1:00-2:30 p.m. Holiday Inn A

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