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Vanadium and Socialism: Rare Earth Prospecting, Politics, and History in North Korea

By | April 28, 2014

Behind every cloud there is a silver lining and behind every developmental story in North Korea there is a narrative from Kim Il-sung. Robert Winstanley-Chesters investigates the pre-history of SRE Minerals’ contemporary Rare-Earth gambit.

Yongusil 25: Nicolas Levi and New DPRK Analysis from the Polish Academy of Sciences

By | January 22, 2014

Warsaw calling Pyongyang: this Yongusil reviews the recent output of Polish academic institutions and publications focused on East Asia—in particular that of Dr. Nicolas Levi.

Yongusil 13: Adam Cathcart on “Manchukuo’s Afterlife” at the National University of Singapore

By | October 21, 2013

Adam Cathcart explores the hinterland of historiography and narrative construction in East Asia, particularly “Manchukuo’s Afterlife” at the National University of Singapore

Yongusil 12: “War of Words” at Leiden University: Lines of Flight in North Korean Narratology

By | October 15, 2013

In the second of our considerations of Remco Breuker’s “War of Words” ERC funded project at Leiden University, Robert Winstanley-Chesters comments on the flattening of historical space time in North Korea and the geist of Manchuria within.

Yongusil 9: Treasured Swords under the Byungjin Line: a Trilogy

By | October 08, 2013

Robert Winstanley-Chesters’ analytic foray into the hinterland of the Byungjin Line and ‘Treasured Swords’ of a different timbre (possibly timber), combined and reworked into a single piece for the discerning autumn reader.

Yongusil 7: Woodrow Wilson Center Archive

By | September 20, 2013

Historical data and published information on North Korea derived from deep research or possessed of an empirical focus does indeed exist. In this Yungusil post, Robert Winstanley-Chesters reviews the rich repository of sources available to researchers.