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Khatharya Um

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479804733

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479804733.001.0001

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Prelude to Terror

Prelude to Terror

Peace, War, and Revolution

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From the Land of Shadows

Khatharya Um

NYU Press

This chapter examines the exportation of the Vietnam War into Cambodia, and the conditions that made it possible for the Khmer Rouge movement to grow and ultimately seize power. It provides a rare context for understanding the nature and scope of the dislocations that predated the “refugee era” and the untenable situations that confronted the Khmer peasantry during the war. It interrogates the varied motivations for revolutionary participation, including the absence of choice, and argues that the circumstances that catapulted the Khmer Rouge to power inform the regime’s paranoia and its excessive reliance on force as a policy instrument.

Keywords:   Vietnam War, revolutionary participation, paranoia

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