North Korea

Chosun Minchu-chui Inmin Konghwa-guk (People’s Democratic Republic of Korea)
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Following the collapse of Japan in 1945 Soviet forces arrived in North Korea, one month ahead of the Americans, and established a Communist-led provisional government. The newly created Korean Workers’ (i.e. Communist) Party, with other pro-Communist groups and individuals, formed the United Democratic front. On 25 Aug. 1948 the Communists organized elections for a Supreme People’s Assembly, both in the Soviet-occupied north and the American-occupied south; some southern deputies went to the north and took their seats. A People’s Democratic Republic was proclaimed on 9 Sept. 1948 and Kim Il-sung became premier, purging all rivals.


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Further Reading

  1. North Korea Directory. Tokyo, annual since 1988Google Scholar
  2. Kihl, Y. W., Politics and Policies in Divided Korea. Boulder, 1984Google Scholar
  3. Park, J. K. and Kim, J.-G., The Politics of North Korea. Boulder (CO), 1979Google Scholar
  4. Scalapino, R. A. and Lee, C.-S., Communism in Korea. Univ. of California Press, 1972—andGoogle Scholar
  5. Kim, J-Y. (eds.). North Korea Todav: Strategic and Domestic Issues. Univ. of California Press, 1983Google Scholar
  6. Smith, H. et al. (eds.) North Korea in the New World Order. London, 1996Google Scholar
  7. Suh, D.-S., Korean Communism, 1945–1980: A Reference Guide to the Political System. Honolulu, 1981Google Scholar
  8. National statistical office: Central Statistics Bureau, Pyongyang.Google Scholar

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  • Barry Turner

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