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After the Killing Fields: Lessons from the Cambodian Genocide

After the Killing Fields: Lessons from the Cambodian Genocide


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After the Killing Fields: Lessons from the Cambodian Genocide

Details the work of Yale University’s Cambodian Genocide Program, which informed the forthcoming Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896725805
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Series: Modern Southeast Asia Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Craig Etcheson is a principal founder of the Documentation Center of Cambodia. He works with governments, international organizations, and NGOs in the search for ways to help heal nations that are recovering from genocide and other extreme violence. He has been a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, and the University of Southern California. He is the author of several book-length treatises on extreme conflict, including The Rise and Demise of Democratic Kampuchea (1984).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


The Thirty Years War

A Desperate Time

After the Peace

Documenting Mass Murder

Centralized Terror

Terror in the East

Digging in the Killing Fields

The Persistence of Impunity

The Politics of Genocide Justice

Challenging the Culture of Impunity




What People are Saying About This

Peter Maguire

"How did the Khmer Rouge get away with genocide? Craig Etcheson's After the Killing Fields answers this deceptively simple question. Etcheson has mapped killing fileds, interviewed the killers themselves, and his decades of empirical research in Cambodia have endowed him with refreshing common sense. After the Killing Fieldsshould be mandatory reading for anyone interested in Cambodia and international law."

David Chandler

"Etcheson's absorbing study reflects almost a quarter century of sustained and fruitful work on Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia (1975-1979) and on what has happened in Cambodia since then. Etcheson draws on extensive field-work, archival research and his own analytical skills to bring the horrors of the Khmer Rouge into focus and to make readers aware of the many faceted, saddening aftermath of that murderous regime. At a time when trial for at least some of the Khmer Rouge leaders seems finally in sight, After the Killing Fields is a timely and sobering study of the vitality of realpolitik, the need for justice in Cambodia, the pains of memory, and the fragility of reconciliation."

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