North Korean monuments in southern Africa: Legitimizing party rule through the National Heroes’ Acres in Zimbabwe and Namibia

Leiden Repository

North Korean monuments in southern Africa: Legitimizing party rule through the National Heroes’ Acres in Zimbabwe and Namibia

Type: Master thesis
Title: North Korean monuments in southern Africa: Legitimizing party rule through the National Heroes’ Acres in Zimbabwe and Namibia
Author: Hoog, Tycho van der
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Namibia
Zimbabwe
North Korea
DPRK
Political culture
Nationalism
Liberation movements
African Studies
History
Monuments
Abstract: Scattered across the whole of southern Africa, impressive North Korean monuments celebrate the rise of young, independent African nations. In an extraordinary fashion, these constructions merge typical North Korean socialist realism with African nationalism. The research question of this thesis is why the regimes of Namibia and Zimbabwe use the services of the North Korean firm Mansudae Overseas Projects to construct their National Heroes’ Acres. This phenomenon can be explained through the historical connections that existed between the southern African liberation movements and the DPRK, that have been fostered since the 1960s. The DPRK funded southern African liberation movements during their struggle for independence and thereby strengthened their ideas on post-colonial history writing. It will be argued that the Heroes’ Acres can be understood as potent symbols of nationalist history, used to legitimize the rule of the former liberation movements and inspired by the example that the DPRK has set for their African allies.
Supervisor: Gewald, J.B.Breuker, R.E.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: History (Master)
Specialisation: Political Culture and National Identities
ECTS Credits: 30
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52194
 

Files in this item

Description Size View
application/pdf North Korean monuments in southern Africa 3.963Mb View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)