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Guerilla Internationalism: North Korea’s Relations with the Third World, 1957-1989 Open Access

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My dissertation explores how North Korea became involved in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and saw the Third World project as a powerful international force in the Cold War world. The anti-Japanese guerilla fighting experiences of the DPRK’s leadership, with Kim Il Sung at its center, during the colonial period shaped North Korea’s Third World policy and explains why a small and geographically isolated communist state assisted anti-colonial movements around the world during the Cold War. Additionally, Pyongyang’s commitment to socialist internationalism, with its focus on solidarity and modernity, made the DPRK a highly active and influential member within the Third World as it sent advisors to assist African liberation movements, trained anti-imperialist guerilla fighters, and completed building projects in developing countries. My dissertation examines the intersection of North Korea’s domestic and foreign policies and the ways in which North Korea’s developmental model appealed to recently decolonized Third World nations.

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