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Cambodia, 1975-1978 : rendezvous with death by Karl D. Jackson

By Karl D. Jackson

One of the main devastating sessions in twentieth-century heritage used to be the guideline of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge over Cambodia. From April 1975 to the start of the Vietnamese career in overdue December 1978, the rustic underwent possibly the main violent and far-reaching of all sleek revolutions. those six essays look for what could be defined within the finally inexplicable evils perpetrated via the Khmer Rouge. Accompanying them is a photograph essay that gives surprising visible facts of the tragedy of Cambodia's autogenocide. "The most crucial exam of the topic so far.... with out in anyway 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 pictures emanating from the tv or cinema screen." --Ralph Smith, the days Literary complement "A booklet that belongs at the shelf of each pupil drawn to Cambodia, revolution, or communism.... solutions to questions similar to `What influence did Khmer society have at the reign of the Khmer Rouge?' concentrate on figuring out, instead of simply describing." --Randall Scott Clemons, views on Political Science

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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. The defeat crushed the offensive spirit of the Republic's army and demonstrated the military incompetence of then Prime Minister Lon Nol, who actually gave orders for battalionsized maneuvers during the operation from his residence in Phnom Penh.

However, by late 1971, a "Joint Command Committee" grouped three or four battalions for operational purposes. In May of 1972 regiments were formed with three battalions. Despite heavy losses from air attacks, 1973 was also a year of growth. Former Khmer Rouge military sources claim that brigades came into existence in 1973, each with fifteen to seventeen battalions. By February 1974, more than 175 battlions existed. The four to six existing brigades unsuccessfully atttacked Phnom Penh in early 1974 before turning their attention to lines of communication and isolating the capital by all but air or river convoys.

Although revolutions and civil wars have often produced initial waves of vengefulness, the killings in Kampuchea were a systematic program that rose in amplitude throughout the four-year reign of Democratic Kampuchea. S. K. Government 1978; PerAT VARIOUS stages I benefited from the suggestions of several colleagues. Special thanks are due to Gerard Mare, Kenneth Jowitt, Don Van Atta, Aarpn Wildavsky, and David P. Chandler. 37 38 / KARL D. ) Similarly, increased understanding does not result from dismissing the revolution as an insane aberration from an otherwise gentle Khmer culture.

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