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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