German Reunification and Korea - The comparison of the East/West Germany to the North/South Korea and lessons Korea can derive from it.

Korean Minjok Leadership Academy

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Nov. 8th 2011 . go to CHG's Log

All your sources are Wikipedia articles.
(1) Wikipedia articles are a good place to start, but a poor place to finish your research.
The great advantage of Wikipedia : if you click on other languages : German, you will be lead to much more detailed articles on the Germany-specific topics.
(2) Without access to a primary source base, your research will go nowhere. Now I understand, to access many Korean language primary sources is illegal, and quantities of German language sources you can not handle. So here suggestions of mine :
(2a) In Britain, the magazine "The Economist" is published; in my mind the world's best political magazine. Try get access to what they published since 1980, read any articles on East Germany/German unification and on NK.
(2b) New York Times online, all issues ever published (since 1851). So check NYT articles on East Germany, unificiation and post unification Germany, North Korea. You will have to pay for that access.
If you choose either 2a or 2b, you have a clearly defined database.
2a - problem how to find a library which has the issues since 1980. Our library keeps the Economist, but regularly throws old issues out.
2b - problem lies in the sheer quantity of articles printed. May well be too many to handle.
Without a clearly defined (primary source) base, this paper goes nowhere. In your last topic, you had one.

Nov. 8th 2011 . go to CHG's Log

This table of contents gives the impression, in your research paper you want to write a comparative history of the two Germanies and the two Koreas since 1948. Chapter and subchapter headlines read that way. The scope of your paper is too wide. You could easily write a 4 volume opus on a topic this wide.
Think hard, which aspects you want to focus on. Pick more relevant, less general chapter/subchapter titles, such as :
The economies of West and East Germany in the 1980s
Inter-state communication between West and East Germany in the 1980s
State control of the media and Party monopoly in polotics in East Germany in the 1980s
such chapters can contain a paragraph each in which you summarize earlier events & developments.

Oct. 14th 2011 . go to CHG's Log

Korea the world's only divided country ?
Cyprus is divided in two; I have visited the country and crossed the line of division (Green Line). The Chinese government in Beijing will also protest, claim Taiwan as part of their country. Bosnia-Herzegovina is divided in two pieces held loosely together. South Ossetia is part of Georgia, North Ossetia part of the Russian Federation. The Ossetians speak one and the same language. The Buryat Mongol Republic is part of the Russian Federation, so is the Tuvinian Republic (inhabitants Mongols). They are separated from the independent Republic of Mongolia, as is (Chinese) Inner Mongolia. Kashmir is divided, Bengal is divided. The Kurds are a nation without country, split over Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria.
Germany, Korea and Vietnam have in common recent partition (so does China), with elaborate border fortifications; the parts of these divided countries were referred to as 'South' / 'North' respectively 'East' / 'West'. The fact that the other such pairs of half-countries disappeared from the world map does not mean Korea is the only undivided country on the globe.
Your table of content / structure of the paper is somewhat stereotypical. This is what one might expect of a paper on the topic. You may want to try come up with more original questions / chapter titles :
- how were the economies of East Germany and North Korea integrated into the World Market ?
- how much access did East Germans and North Koreans have to foreign media ?
- the refugee issue
- if you want to be original, there are loads of GDR jokes; one could examine the history of the GDR by studying those jokes. Of course they are in German. I wonder, are there NK jokes told here ?

Oct. 14th 2011 . go to CHG's Log

You have a chapter in Inter-German and Inter-Korean Relations.
What is missing is a chapter on how prepared Germany was for the event, and how prepared you think Korea to be for the possible event.
The table of contents, as is, is a predictable one; you may want to bring in originality.

Oct. 14th 2011 . go to CHG's Log

(1) These are basic references. We need to find more references, references with greater depth.
(2) You may use the Britannica Book of the Year series as a primary source. The books are in English, the articles on Korea and Germany are short; I have the series in my office.

Sept. 28th 2011 . go to CHG's Log

(1) III. Comparison of West Germany and South Korea
West Germany is clearly defined as West Germany of 1989 or before. Which South Korea do you want to compare it to : the South Korea of 1989 or the South Korea of 2011 ? The same with chapter IV.
(2) IV.1 German Relationship in Germany, we call this the German-German relationship.
(3) VI. Impacts of the German Reunification Impact has no plural

You need to come up with a reference list now.
Chapter VII poses a bit of a problem, because speculation regarding the future has nothing to do with the subject of history.