Democratic Kampuchea

Democratic Kampuchea

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Democratic Kampuchea () was a Khmer Rouge-controlled Communist regime that between 1975 and 1979 ruled the Southeast Asia country of Cambodia. It was founded when the Khmer Rouge forces defeated the Lon Nol-led Khmer Republic. After losing control of most of Cambodian territory to Vietnamese occupation, it survived as a shadow state supported by China. In June 1982, the Khmer Rouge formed the Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea with two non-communist guerilla factions, keeping the international recognition. The state was renamed back to Cambodia in 1990 in the run up to the UN-sponsored Paris Peace Agreement conference of 1991.

The Khmer Rouge were heavily influenced by Maoism, the French Communist Party and the writings of Marx and Lenin,Ervin Staub. The roots of evil: the origins of genocide and other group violence. Cambridge University Press, 1989. which made the Khmer Rouge regime reminiscent of both radical Communism and National Socialism, or fascism, according to some scholars.Becker, Elizabeth. 1986. When the War Was Over. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986,...
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