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By Karl D. Jackson

One of the main devastating classes in twentieth-century historical past was once the rule of thumb of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge over Cambodia. From April 1975 to the start of the Vietnamese career in past due December 1978, the rustic underwent might be the main violent and far-reaching of all smooth revolutions. those six essays look for what should be defined within the eventually inexplicable evils perpetrated by means of the Khmer Rouge. Accompanying them is a photograph essay that offers surprising visible proof of the tragedy of Cambodia's autogenocide. "The most vital exam of the topic so far.... with no in any respect 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 photographs emanating from the tv or cinema screen." --Ralph Smith, the days Literary complement "A e-book that belongs at the shelf of each student drawn to Cambodia, revolution, or communism.... solutions to questions resembling `What influence did Khmer society have at the reign of the Khmer Rouge?' specialize in realizing, instead of only describing." --Randall Scott Clemons, views on Political Science

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Aggressive Republican patrolling chased off the remaining forces and provided the opportunity for the voluntary flight of refugees. The Western press interviewed these refugees in detail throughout February and March. Even admitting the difficulty of either flight or resistance by the population of the PKK areas, the question remains: why did the inhabitants of government zones fail to heed the refugees' lessons? Many Western observers in Phnom Penh believed that what was happening under the PKK was due to the "exigencies of war," and that Khmer "common sense" would eventually reassert itself after victory (Woollacott 1977 and Ponchaud 1978).

NUFK troops emerged from behind the Vietnamese wing in 1972 and by early 1973 operated with minimal Vietnamese support, primarily in heavy weapons units and advisory teams. The developments contributing to the early emergence of an increasingly independent communist-led army included a major setback to the Republic's forces at PAVN hands. In late October 1971, near Kompong Thom City, PAVN troops hit an overly ambitious Republican military operation from the flanks. 16 By December 1, government forces were falling back in panic with massive casualties and losses of supplies.

But he could not lead an armed force that increased from a lightly armed ceremonial and civic action body of some thirty thousand men to as many as three hundred thousand nominal soldiers. Unlike the communists, Lon Nol did not understand the need for greater discipline and control of corruption. He and others remained convinced that peasant attachment to Buddhism would defeat communism. The phnom Penh leadership also grievously misread the intentions of the United States. They lacked the experience to evaluate international affairs in terms of interests and assumed that an ideologically anticommunist America would support them as a matter of course.

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