Located on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia, the communist country of North Korea has figured prominently in U.S. foreign affairs since the Korean War ended in 1953. With the rise of Kim Jong II as head of state in 1994, however, North Korea's tense relationship with the United States has further deteriorated, especially since it began testing nuclear missiles in July 2006. Freshly updated to reflect these recent developments,
North Korea, Second Edition's full-color photographs, maps, and helpful facts at a glance and history at a glance features make this book an essential and timely exploration of the people, culture, history, geography, environment, economy, and government of this headline-making nation.
Full-color photographs and maps. Facts at a glance. History at a glance. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.
About the Author(s)
Christopher L. Salter is professor and chair emeritus of the geography department at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He spent three years teaching English and economic geography at Tunghai University in Taiwan and has traveled to East Asia eight times. He is the author of more than 120 articles and more than a dozen books, including South Korea and Taiwan in Chelsea House's Modern World Nations series.