Essay about Cultural Analysis of North Korea

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Cultural Analysis of North Korea

Prepared by Group 4:

Matthew Cordova
Ruting Yuan
Guoying Chen
Chris Rosen

Prepared for:

Dr. Gerry Huybregts
BUS 310
October 30, 2008

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY………………………………………………………….4

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………………...6

NORTH KOREA HISTORY………………………………………………………...7

GEOGRAPHICAL SETTING………………………………………………………11

Figure 1 Geographic Map…………………………………………………..11

ECONOMIC BACKGROUND……………………………………………………..14

Figure 2 United States GDP per Capita…………………………………….16

Figure 3 North Korea GDP per Capita……………………………………...17

POLITICAL AND LEGAL SYSTEMS…………………………………...………...21

EDUCATION AND LANGUAGE………………………………………………….26
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North Korean History
Brief History World War II has greatly impacted North Korea since 1945. Promised independence after defeating Japan, Korea ended up dividing into two separate nations: North and South. North Korea was taken over by the U.S.S.R. and Koreans known as leftists became powerful in the country. In 1947, North Korea denied UN access to hold countrywide elections for a new government, because it was thought to be a scheme by the U.S. to obtain dominance over the entire peninsula. North Korea’s communist controlled government proclaimed independence on September 9, 1948 under Premier Kim Il Sung and became the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In April 1950, Kim Il Sung met with Stalin and Soviet authorities to convince them that he could win a war against South Korea. On June 25, 1950, South Korea was invaded by North Korea starting an international phase of civil war that gathered considerable intensity as the years wore on. This war was declared the “Fatherland Liberation War”, which was believed to be carried out without warning or provocation. After North Korea’s refusal to withdraw from the invasion ordered by the UN Security Council, it was then turned over to the UN General Assembly who authorized military action. Backed by the Soviets, North Korea led a strong campaign within the first month, but was then forced to retreat

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