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Title:Monuments of power: the North Korean origin of nationalist monuments in Namibia and Zimbabwe
Author:van der Hoog, Tycho A.ISNI
Year:2019
ISSN:1876-0198
Issue:74
Pages:86
Language:English
Series:African Studies Collection
City:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
ISBN:9789054481775
Geographic terms:Namibia
Zimbabwe
North Korea
Subjects:nationalism
monuments
heroes
national liberation movements
historiography
socialism
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/1887/75067
Abstract:Scattered across southern Africa, impressive North Korean monuments celebrate the rise of young, independent nations. Freed from the shackles of colonialism or white settler rule, many southern African states are loyal customers of the North Korean state-owned enterprise Mansudae Art Studio, a firm responsible for the propaganda of the reigning Kim dynasty. In an extraordinary fashion, this mode of Afro-DPRK cooperation merges African nationalism with North Korean socialist realism. Monuments of Power compares the National Heroes' Acres of Namibia and Zimbabwe to the Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery in North Korea, thus providing a window to explore the largely unknown support offered by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to African liberation movements. This historical background is paramount to understand the influence of the DPRK on post-colonial public history in Africa. This book will not only interest African Studies specialists working on the liberation wars in Africa, it is also relevant to scholars in Korean Studies examining North Korea's international ties and authors in the field of heritage studies.
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