The Khmer Rouge revolution turned Cambodia into killing fields, as the Pol Pot regime murdered or starved to death a million and a half of Cambodia's eight million inhabitants. This book - a comprehensive study of the Pol Pot regime - describes the violent origins, social context and course of the revolution, providing an answer to the question of why a group of Cambodian intellectuals imposed genocide on their own country. Ben Kiernan draws on more than 500 interviews with Cambodian refugees, survivors and defectors, as well as on a collection of previously unexplored archival material from the Pol Pot regime (including Pol Pot's secret speeches). He recounts how in the first few days after Cambodia became Democratic Kampuchea in 1975, authorities evacuated all cities, closed hospitals, schools, monasteries, and factories, and abolished the use of money. For nearly four years, the country was a prison-camp state, the countryside was "cleansed" of minorities and a war was fought against Vietnam. Exploring the nature of the regime that enforced such a revolution, Kiernan shows that its atrocities - the widespread massacres, forced assimilation of minorities, and foreign alliances and wars - can be explained by its ideological preoccupation with racist and totalitarian policies. Kiernan concludes with a description of the resistance movements that sprang up and the destruction of the regime by Vietnamese forces in 1979.
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"I first visited Cambodia in 1975," Ben Kiernan writes. "None of the Cambodians I knew then survived the next four years." In The Pol Pot Regime, Kiernan presents the first definitive account of the four-year reign of terror known as "Democratic Kampuchea." Working very closely with Cambodian sources, including interviews with hundreds of survivors and the archived "confessions" extracted by the Khmer Rouge from political prisoners just before their execution, Kiernan depicts the horrific nature of Pol Pot and his thugs with chilling specificity, and his historical analysis makes a valuable contribution to understanding how they were able to come to power in the wake of the Vietnam War.From the Back Cover:
"A deeply detailed, meticulously reported history. . . . Important [and] valuable." -Sydney H. Schanberg, Nation
"One of the most important contributions to the subject so far." -R. B. Smith, Asian Affairs
"This is not the first account of Pol Pot's terror... But Mr. Kiernan's is perhaps the most complete and the closest to Cambodian sources." -Economist
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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0300061137
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110300061137
Descrizione libro Yale University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0300061137 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0121163