By Karl D. Jackson
One of the main devastating classes in twentieth-century historical past was once the guideline of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge over Cambodia. From April 1975 to the start of the Vietnamese profession in overdue December 1978, the rustic underwent maybe the main violent and far-reaching of all sleek revolutions. those six essays look for what should be defined within the finally inexplicable evils perpetrated via the Khmer Rouge. Accompanying them is a photograph essay that gives surprising visible facts of the tragedy of Cambodia's autogenocide. "The most crucial exam of the topic so far.... with out in anyway denying the horror and brutality of the Khmers Rouges, the essays undertake a precept of indifferent research which makes their end way more major and convincing than the superficial photos emanating from the tv or cinema screen." --Ralph Smith, the days Literary complement "A ebook that belongs at the shelf of each student attracted to Cambodia, revolution, or communism.... solutions to questions equivalent to `What influence did Khmer society have at the reign of the Khmer Rouge?' concentrate on knowing, instead of only describing." --Randall Scott Clemons, views on Political Science
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Extra info for Cambodia, 1975-1978 : rendezvous with death
After meeting with in-country leaders in Hanoi at Tet in February 1973, Prince Sihanouk reversed his tentative public talk of peace and returned to a harder line. Cambodian party leaders may have feared that the Vietnamese would betray them as part of a resolution of the war in Vietnam. The PKK feared the Vietnamese because in 1954 at Geneva, the Vietnamese agreed to drop the Khmer communist movement. " (Pol Pot 1977:H7). POPULAR RESPONSE A Cambodian politician once observed that his people had an infinite capacity to endure misrule.
Imperialists ... leaders of imperialists in the world. Did we have any planes then? No, and we had neither naval vessels nor armored vehicles . . This army had no planes, tanks, or artillery pieces and was short of ammunition; however, our fight was crowned with success. (FBIS IV, January 19, 1977:H4) The concern for complete independence and sovereignty is a theme directed at virtually any state having contact with Kampuchea. Visiting foreign delegations from fraternal countries were always treated to protestations that the people of Democratic Kampuchea wanted only to live peacefully in their own territory and to entertain friendly relations with all countries in the world, near and far, in conformity with the principles of equality and mutual respect for each other's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, noninterference in each other's affairs, nonaggression, and mutual praft.
The initial phafe of dissidence in early 1968 in western 7 The date and history are in then acting Prime Minister Nuon Chea's January 16, 1977, speech to a Phnom Penh rally celebrating the army's anniversary (fBrs IV, January 19, 1977, and Kiernan 1976 II:5). 8 The claim for the number of regulars is in his speech (Pol Pot 1977:H22). The organizational stage is given in Revolutionary Flags, 1975 :43, 45. The article stated it was a speech by the chairman of the party Military Committee, subsequently revealed to be Pol Pot himself, delivered to a July 22, 1975 meeting for 3,000 military unit representatives.