The pol pot regime: race, power, and genocide in cambodia under the khmer rouge, 1975-79 [ben kiernan] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the khmer rouge revolution turned cambodia into grisly killing fields, as the pol pot regime murdered or starved to death a million and a half of cambodia's eight million inhabitants. Pol pot, born in cambodia as solath sar, spent time in france and became a member of the french communist party upon returning to cambodia in 1953, he joined a clandestine communist movement and began his rise up the ranks to become one of the world's most infamous dictators. The cambodian genocide (khmer: របបប្រល័យពូជសាសន៍) was carried out by the khmer rouge regime under the leadership of pol pot, killing. The khmer rouge revolution turned cambodia into grisly killing fields, as the pol pot regime murdered or starved to death a million and a half of cambodia's eight million inhabitants. Pol pot was the leader of the cambodian communist movement known as the khmer rouge and was prime minister of democratic kampuchea from 1976-1979 during pol pot's reign in power, he wanted to turn cambodia into an agrarian place.
By late 1979, un and red cross officials were warning that another 225 million cambodians faced death by starvation due to the near destruction of cambodian society under the regime of ousted prime minister pol pot, who were saved by international aid after the vietnamese invasion. It has sometimes been claimed that cambodia under the period of angkor harvested 2 crops a year regardless of if this is true or not it was vision that pol pot and the other leaders set up as a goal. Tweet with a location you can add location information to your tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. Pol pot, who created in cambodia one of the 20th century's most brutal and radical regimes, died on wednesday of heart failure, according to his cambodian jailers.
Pol pot's general and commander flee to the western region of cambodia and try to wage war against the dprk who are pro-vietnamese comes about after pol pot is defeated the killing fields fields where enemies of pol pot were tortured and eventually killed. Under the marxist leader pol pot, the khmer rouge tried to take cambodia back to the middle ages, forcing millions of people from the cities to work on communal farms in the countryside. The man who would later be known as pol pot was born as saloth sar on may 19, 1928, in the fishing village of prek sbauk, kampong thom province, in what was then french indochina (now cambodia.
Pol pot was a political leader whose communist khmer rouge government led cambodia from 1975 to 1979 during that time, an estimated 15 to 2 million cambodians died of starvation, execution. Pol pot was born in 1925 (as saloth sar) into a farming family in central cambodia, which was then part of french indochina in 1949, at age 20, he traveled to paris on a scholarship to study radio electronics but became absorbed in marxism and neglected his studies. Under pol pot's leadership, and within days of overthrowing the government, the khmer rouge embarked on an organised mission: they ruthlessly imposed an extremist programme to reconstruct cambodia (now under its khmer name kampuchea) on the communist model of mao's china. Pol pot, the khmer rouge, and genocide in cambodia during their three-year, eight-month, and 21-day rule of cambodia, the khmer rouge committed some of the most heinous crimes in modern history.
Pol pot the name is synonymous with horror even in the blood-drenched annals of twentieth-century history, pol pot's khmer rouge regime in cambodia stands out for the sheer scale and senselessness of its atrocities in the name of creating an agrarian communist revolution, pol pot and his. Seven women from a broad cross-section of cambodia, whose lives were irrevocably and violently shattered and reshaped by pol pot's marriage policies, were chosen and their ordeal portrayed amid. The khmer rouge was a brutal regime that ruled cambodia, under the leadership of marxist dictator pol pot, from 1975 to 1979 pol pot's attempts to create a cambodian master race through. Asia khmer rouge genocide in the minds of cambodian youth a tradition of silence surrounds the horrific atrocities committed in cambodia under the khmer rouge regime during the 1970s. On april 17, 1975, forces of the khmer rouge, headed by pol pot, triumphantly entered cambodian capital phnom penh although his crimes never rivaled those of political idols mao zedong or josef stalin in terms of sheer numbers, the victims of khmer rouge violence and brutal pol.
Instead, cambodia under pol pot became a genocidal experiment that produced more than two million deaths the rise of the khmer rouge in cambodia was a byproduct of the war in neighbouring vietnam in 1951 vietnamese communists, working with cambodian supporters, formed the khmer people's revolutionary party (kprp. Pol pot (uk: / p ɒ l p ɒ t /, us: / p oʊ l / khmer: ប៉ុល ពត born saloth sar 19 may 1925 - 15 april 1998) was a cambodian communist revolutionary and politician who served as the general secretary of the communist party of kampuchea from 1963 to 1981. Pol pot led the khmer rouge as an insurgency until 1997 when he was arrested and placed under house arrest the organization continued to exist until 1999, by which point most members had defected, been arrested, or died. 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 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.
To return cambodians to their imagined origins, the pol pot group saw the need for war, and for 'secrecy as the basis' of the revolution 4 few of the grass-roots, pragmatic cambodian communists could be trusted to implement such plans, which pol pot. The pol pot regime: race, power, and genocide in cambodia under the khmer rouge, 1975-79 by ben kiernan about the author: ben kiernan is the a whitney griswold professor of history, professor of international and area studies, and the founding director of the genocide studies program at yale university. The khmer rouge revolution turned cambodia into grisly 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—the first comprehensive study of the pol pot regime—describes the violent origins, social context, and.
By 1962, pol pot was leading the cambodian communist party, which had fled to the jungle in order to escape the wrath of norodom sihanouk while in the jungle, pol pot organized armed forces known as the khmer rouge and began waging guerilla war as opposition to sihanouk's government.