Bruce Cumings

Bruce Cumings is the chairman of the History Department at the University of Chicago and the author, most recently, of The Korean War: A History (Random House Modern Library, 2010).

The Kims’ Three Bodies

Dynastic successions and its antecedents in North Korea. When Kim Jong Il died on December 17th, I was lucky to be in Singapore. That way I could watch from a salutary distance the froth and drivel that passed for expert American commentary: How can his callow son expect to grapple with octogenarian leaders in the powerful military—won’t there be a coup? Then again, Kim Jong... Continue Reading

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