Cambodia, 1975-1978: Rendezvous with Death

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Karl D. Jackson
Princeton University Press, Apr 28, 2014 - History - 360 pages
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One of the most devastating periods in twentieth-century history was the rule of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge over Cambodia. From April 1975 to the beginning of the Vietnamese occupation in late December 1978, the country underwent perhaps the most violent and far-reaching of all modern revolutions. These six essays search for what can be explained in the ultimately inexplicable evils perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge. Accompanying them is a photo essay that provides shocking visual evidence of the tragedy of Cambodia's autogenocide. "The most important examination of the subject so far.... Without in any way denying the horror and brutality of the Khmers Rouges, the essays adopt a principle of detached analysis which makes their conclusion far more significant and convincing than the superficial images emanating from the television or cinema screen." --Ralph Smith, The Times Literary Supplement "A book that belongs on the shelf of every scholar interested in Cambodia, revolution, or communism.... Answers to questions such as `What effect did Khmer society have on the reign of the Khmer Rouge?' focus on understanding, rather than merely describing." --Randall Scott Clemons, Perspectives on Political Science

 

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Contents

Introduction The Khmer Rouge in Context
3
1 The Unexpected Victory
13
2 The Ideology of Total Revolution
37
3 The Organization of Power
79
4 The Economy
109
5 Social Change in the Vortex of Revolution
151
6 The Pattern and Scope of Violence
179
7 The Photographic Record
209
9 Intellectual Origins of the Khmer Rouge
241
Appendix A Summary of Annotated Party History
251
Appendix B Sharpen the Consciousness of the Proletarian Class to Be as Keen and Strong as Possible
269
Appendix C Pay Attention to Pushing the Work of Building Party and Peoples Collective Strength Even Stronger
293
Appendix D The Last Plan
299
Bibliography
315
Contributors
325
Index
327

8 Explaining the Terror
215

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