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The Activities of All-Union Society of Cultural Relations (VOKS) in North Korea in 1947–1950

Student: Aleksey Danilov

Supervisor: Seth Bernstein

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2018

The crucial role of cultural diplomacy of the Soviet Union in the understanding of the international relations is undisputable. It was an important tool and the key instrument in Soviet interaction with other countries. The main conductor of cultural influence was VOKS, Vsesoyuznoye obschestvo kulturnoi svyazi s zagranicei. This organization and its branches operated in North Korea and made some important accomplishments in connection with Korean society of connection with the Soviet Union. The information is available in archives, and even if the data is scant, scholars can achieve a sufficient extent of understanding these processes. There were huge problems in building socialist Korea, and this research may help to shed light on it, giving some interesting examples of soviet vision of Korean society.

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