The divided Korean peninsula is the last remnant of the Cold War: South Korea is a vibrant democracy, a strong market economy, and home to a world-renowned culture. North Korea is ruled by the most authoritarian regime in the world, plagued by famine and poverty, best known for its nuclear weapons. These two countries are diametrically opposed but also intrinsically connected by their long shared ethnic history. How was this country split by the great powers after the Japanese occupation and how did they take such divergent paths?
An armistice to the bloody fighting of the Korean War was drawn 70 years ago- it was a call for peace not an ending. As such, the Koreas are still technically at war with each other. To untangle the intricate and fascinating history of the relationship and divide between North and South Korea, Dan is joined by Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo - Professor of International Relations at Kings College London and Dr Victor Cha, Professor of Government at Georgetown University.
Their book is 'Korea: A New History of South and North'
Produced by Mariana Des Forges and edited by Dougal Patmore.