Accession Number : ADA483741


Title :   North Korea's Juche Ideology and the German Re-Unification Experience


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Juetten, Stephan A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a483741.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 124


Abstract : This thesis analyzes potential socio-cultural discord upon eventual Korean national reunification owing to the predominance of the cultic state ideology of Juche in North Korea. The hypothesis investigated is as follows: upon eventual Korean reunification, significant problems of national social cohesion, at least as serious as those faced by the reunified Germany since 1990, should be expected. To this day -- nearly two decades and an estimated 1.5 trillion Euros after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 -- reunified Germany is recurrently affected by socio-cultural conflicts based on ingrained values, past ideological conditioning, and the resulting emotional ties and behavior patterns of the former East and West German societies. Juche could foster similar or graver phenomena in a reunified Korean society, ultimately impeding successful reunification. However, it is possible that the Kim dynasty's virtuosity in adapting and developing Juche might make it appeal to both Korean societies. Instead of constituting an ideological barrier, Juche's pan-Korean components might be transformed into a common ground that alleviates societal conflict and facilitates the reunification process.


Descriptors :   *NORTH KOREA , *INTEGRATION , *SOUTH KOREA , *RELIGION , *CONFLICT , *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY) , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS , EAST GERMANY , THESES , COHESION , CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY) , WEST GERMANY , GROUP DYNAMICS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE