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Divided Korea: The Politics of Development, 1945-1972

Divided Korea: The Politics of Development, 1945-1972

By Joungwon Alexander Kim

Harvard University Press, 1975, 471 pp.

Both North and South Korea have moved since independence toward a high literacy rate; toward increasing urbanization; and from postwar impoverishment to per capita incomes-at the beginning of the 1970s-of over U.S. $200. The author argues that the North, for a variety of reasons, has established a relatively stable polity; the South has not.