How Pol Pot Came to Power

How Pol Pot Came to Power

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02 How did Pol Pot, a tyrant comparable to Hitler and Stalin in his brutality and contempt for human life, rise to power? This authoritative book explores what happened in Cambodia from 1930 to 1975, tracing the origins and trajectory of the Cambodian Communist movement and setting the ascension of Pol Pota€™s genocidal regime in the context of the conflict between colonialism and nationalism. A new preface bring this edition up to date.Praise for the first edition:a€œGiven the highly secretive nature of Pol Pota€™s activities, the precise circumstances and manoeuvres that propelled him to the top of the heap will perhaps never be known. But Kiernan has come impressively close to it. . . . And he has presented it in a wide perspective, drawing interesting comparisons with communist movements in Indonesia, Thailand, Burma and India. . . . Incisive.a€a€”T. J. S. George, Asiaweek, a€œEditora€™s Pick of the Montha€ a€œA rich, gruesome and compelling tale. . . fascinating, well-researched and measured. . . a model of judgement and scholarship.a€a€”Fred Halliday, New Statesmana€œ[Kiernana€™s] capacity for dogged research on three continents, and his mastery of every ideological nuance. . . [are] awe-inspiring.a€a€”Dervla Murphy, Irish Times How did Pol Pot, a tyrant comparable to Hitler and Stalin in his brutality and contempt for human life, rise to power? This authoritative book explores what happened in Cambodia from 1930 to 1975, tracing the origins and trajectory of the Cambodian Communist movement and setting the ascension of Pol Pota€™s genocidal regime in the context of the conflict between colonialism and nationalism. A new preface bring this edition up to date.Praise for the first edition:a€œGiven the highly secretive nature of Pol Pota€™s activities, the precise circumstances and manoeuvres that propelled him to the top of the heap will perhaps never be known. But Kiernan has come impressively close to it. . . . And he has presented it in a wide perspective, drawing interesting comparisons with communist movements in Indonesia, Thailand, Burma and India. . . . Incisive.a€a€”T. J. S. George, Asiaweek, a€œEditora€™s Pick of the Montha€ a€œA rich, gruesome and compelling tale. . . fascinating, well-researched and measured. . . a model of judgement and scholarship.a€a€”Fred Halliday, New Statesmana€œ[Kiernana€™s] capacity for dogged research on three continents, and his mastery of every ideological nuance. . . [are] awe-inspiring.a€a€”Dervla Murphy, Irish TimesA new preface bring this edition up to date.Praise for the first edition:a€œGiven the highly secretive nature of Pol Pota€™s activities, the precise circumstances and manoeuvres that propelled him to the top of the heap will perhaps never ...


Title:How Pol Pot Came to Power
Author: Ben Kiernan
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2004
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