The Pol Pot Regime

Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia Under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-79
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Written in a scholarly format, The Pol Pot Regime would prove to be an excellent source for those wishing to research this period in Cambodian history."—Jeffrey M.

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Chwieroth, History "In this authoritative work, Ben Kiernan explores the reasons why Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge revolution became a Cambodian nightmare."—Richard Gough, Times. The New York Times Book Review (front page) Observing Pol Pot at close quarters during the one and only official visit he ever made abroad, to China inPhilip Short was struck by the Cambodian leader's charm and charisma.

Yet Pol Pot's utopian experiments in social engineering would result in the death of one in every five Cambodians Cited by: In fact, the book suffers from what is its only clear argument: that certain groups were systematically targeted by the Pol Pot regime, thus qualifying its actions as genocidal, and thus criminal under international law.

This gives the book a predominant focus on the victims of the Khmer by:   Pol Pot's Little Red Book by Henri Locard This is an intriguing little book for the interested reader who has already one or two more general titles about the Khmer Rouge under his : Peter Fröberg Idling.

The brutal regime, in power fromclaimed the lives of up to two million people. Under the Marxist leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge tried.

This book—the first comprehensive study of the Pol Pot regime—describes the violent origins, social context, and course of the revolution, providing a new answer to the question of why a group of Cambodian intellectuals imposed genocide on their own country.

What was the nature of the regime that turned Cambodia into grisly killing fields and murdered or starved to death million of the country's eight million inhabitants.

In this riveting book, the first definitive account of the Khmer Rouge revolution, a world renowned authority on Cambodia shows how an ideological preoccupation with racist and totalitarian policies led a group of /5(2).

Pol Pot, original name Saloth Sar, (bornKompong Thom province, Cambodia—died Apnear Anlong Veng, along the Cambodia-Thailand border), Khmer political leader who led the Khmer Rouge totalitarian regime (–79) in Cambodia that imposed severe hardships on the Cambodian people.

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His radical communist government forced the mass evacuations of cities, killed or. In late September, however, a few days before Pol Pot was forced to resign as prime minister, air links were established between Phnom Penh and Hanoi. With Pol Pot back in the forefront of the regime inthe situation rapidly deteriorated.

Incidents escalated along all of Cambodia's borders. Khmer Rouge Cambodia is a case in point. This is what The Pol Pot Regime book Henri Locard's Pol Pot's Little Red Book such a valuable contribution to the study of Cambodian history, and to the study of genocide in general. Locard examines an extensive collection of commonly repeated sayings from the Pol Pot time, and the picture they paint is chilling.

02 How did Pol Pot, a tyrant comparable to Hitler and Stalin in his brutality and contempt for human life, rise to power. This authoritative book explores what happened in Cambodia from totracing the origins and trajectory of the Cambodian Communist movement and setting the ascension of Pol Pot’s genocidal regime in the context of the conflict between colonialism and nationalism.3/5(2).

Pol Pot (and eventually more of his Cercle friends) were dismayed to find the camp completely segregated, with Vietnamese as the high-ranking members and Cambodians given only menial Pot himself was assigned tasks such as farming and working in the mess hall.

Still, he watched and learned how the Viet Minh used propaganda and force to take control of peasant villages. Bearing witness to Cambodia’s horror, 20 years after Pol Pot’s death Ap pm EDT • Updated Ap am EDT George Chigas, University of Massachusetts LowellAuthor: George Chigas.

This book -- the first comprehensive study of the Pol Pot regime -- describes the violent origins, social context, and course of the revolution, providing a new answer to the question of why a group of Cambodian intellectuals imposed genocide on their own country.

Ben Kiernan draws on more than five hundred interviews with Cambodian refugees. Pueblo West residents, Pol Pot survivors, detail regime in new book. Mike Spence Lifestyle editor/reporter Saturday Sep 9, at AM Sep 9, at PM. Kiernan later went on to write The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power and Genocide under the Khmer Rouge –79, a book now widely regarded as the definitive analysis of one of the most appalling episodes in recorded history.

In the evacuation of. An important book for students of genocide as well as scholars of Southeast Asia." —Library Journal "[A] detailed and chilling history." —Asiaweek "The most detailed history to date of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime This book will certainly be the benchmark against which all future research on the Khmer Rouge must be measured.1/5(1).

This well researched book by a renowned historian provides the reader with an in-context look at the horrors of Pol Pot's regime and the consequences of his paranoia of "hidden enemies". Chandler's poignant use of confessions forced from unfortunate and often innocent victims paints a grizzly portrait of power without by: The Pol Pot Regime Book Description: This edition of Ben Kiernan's definitive account of the Cambodian revolution and genocide includes a new preface that takes the story up to and the UN-sponsored Khmer Rouge tribunal.

The complete review's Review. Philip Short titles his book Pol Pot, and many will approach the book wondering how he managed to write a ,word text on the life of this famously reclusive and shadowy answer is fairly simple: Pol Pot may be the central figure in the book, but Short's text is a history book, not a biography.

Synopsis. Pol Pot was born Saloth Sar onin Kompong Thom Province, Cambodia.

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He rose to power as leader of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia’s Communist regime, which took control of the Born: Saloth Sar (better known as Pol Pot; Janu – Ap ) was the leader of Cambodia between and He was the leader of a group called the Khmer Rouge, a group of peasant revolutionaries who turned Cambodia into a military dictatorship officially called Democratic n and million Cambodians were killed by his regime.

Synopsis The definitive portrait of Pol Pot, the enigmatic man behind the most terrifying regime of modern times Pol Pot was an idealistic, reclusive figure with great charisma and personal charm.

He initiated a revolution whose radical egalitarianism exceeded any other in history. But in the /5(55). Pol Pot completed his studies at the University of Paris injust two years before Aron would publish his book.

There, he had fallen in love with the works of Marx, Rousseau, Stalin, and Mao. Many of the future Khmer Rouge leaders were also graduates of French universities at this time, and became the founders of a club they called the. The Pol Pot Regime by Ben Kiernan,available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide/5().

Pol Pot declares Year Zero. He then begins to expel foreigners,close embassies, abolish the national currency, and abolish all markets, schools, the press, religion and privately held property. Phnom Penh's population held approximately one million residents and refugees. When Pol Pot came into power the city was emptied virtually overnight.

The Pol Pot Regime (Paperback) Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, By Ben Kiernan. Yale University Press,pp. Pol Pot was born Saloth Sar on 19 May in Kompong Thong province in central Cambodia.

The country was then a French protectorate and Pol Pot, whose family were relatively prosperous, was. How did Pol Pot, a tyrant comparable to Hitler and Stalin in his brutality and contempt for human life, rise to power. This authoritative book explores what happened in Cambodia from totracing the origins and trajectory of the Cambodian Communist movement and setting the ascension of Pol Pots genocidal regime in the context of the conflict between colonialism/5.

Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge brutally killed millions of Cambodians through forced labor, torture, and starvation. Those who had previous ties with the former regime, people of the working class including lawyers, doctors, teachers, and even people who wore glasses were eliminated from this “purified Cambodia” (Chandler 58).

The Khmer Rouge was a brutal regime that ruled Cambodia, under the leadership of Marxist dictator Pol Pot, from to Pol Pot’s attempts to create a. like a When I started reading this book, I had absolutely no idea just how timely my choice of books was.

While starting the section about the evacuation of Phnom Penh, I did a google search to find photos and discovered that tomorrow, Ap marks the 40th anniversary of this event, which also marked "Day One" of the new regime headed by Pol Pot under the Khmer Rouge/5.Pol Pot’s faction Chinese support and valuable manoeuvrability against the orthodox pro-Vietnamese Khmer Communists.

Although it was an indigenous political phenomenon, Pol Pot’s regime could not have come to power without the massive economic and military destabilisation of Cambodia by the United States, beginning in