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The Analysis of the Content Related to Dokdo in New Geography Textbook of North Korea Revised in 2013

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2017, 6(2), pp.113-125
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.6.2.2
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : July 20, 2017
  • Accepted : August 16, 2017

Saangkyun Yi 1 Choi, Hee 2 Eunjin Lim 3

1동북아역사재단
2인하대학교
3공주대학교

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ABSTRACT

In the circumstance of Japan’s distorted education for Dokdo ownership claimed by Japan, we need to check the common will of South and North Korea for Dokdo ownership to enhance our ownership and to protect strongly against Japan’s provocation of Dokdo ownership. The purpose of this research is to check the common view of territory between the South and the North Korea aiming for reunification, and to grasp North Korea’s position recognized Dokdo as an important territory of the Korean People. Recently North Korea carried out the reorganization of the school system in the year 2012 and the amendment of the course of study in 2013, and the textbook was newly written. As the result of the research, North Korea thinks of the reunification of Korea and realizes that the whole country of Korea as their country although their country is under the setup of another party. When comparing the textbook with the state of before it was amended and the information of the study of the amended textbook was consisted of the systematic geography(centered in the subject) and the written information of the Dokdo in the body of the book reduced a lot, and although the expression of Dokdo which used the map and visual material is more wide and systematic. However, the new textbook of North Korea seems to have lacks of historical explanation related to Dokdo and some contents were written differently than the facts. Hopefully we look forward to being able to use our research result of Dokdo to the writing of North Korea’s geography textbook through academic interchange between the South and the North in the future.

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