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An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. Five years later, Japan formally annexed the entire peninsula. Following World War II, Korea was split with the northern half coming under Soviet-sponsored Communist domination. After failing in the Korean War (1950-53) to conquer the US-backed Republic of Korea (ROK) in the southern portion by force, North Korea (DPRK), under its founder President KIM Il-so'ng, adopted a policy of ostensible diplomatic and economic "self-reliance" as a check against excessive Soviet or Communist Chinese influence. The DPRK demonized the US as the ultimate threat to its social system through state-funded propaganda, and molded political, economic, and military policies around the core ideological objective of eventual unification of Korea under Pyongyang's control. KIM's son, the current ruler KIM Jong Il, was officially designated as his father's successor in 1980, assuming a growing political and managerial role until the elder KIM's death in 1994.
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Korean Language Resources
Cheontong Jokbo Munhwasa / 전통족보문화사 (http://www.genealogy.co.kr)
Provides comprehensive information on historical background, associations, genealogical and historical record. In Korean.
Korean Genealogy/ 부림홍씨 (http://www.burimhong.pe.kr/)
Reference index of surnames in Korea. Provides links of resources of Korean family names, family history, and genealogical information. In Korean.
Korean Government Archives
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