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Engel, Craig A.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Military Science


This essay is a study on totalitarianism and genocide through the lens of historical manipulation and cultural behavior unique to Cambodia (later called Democratic Kampuchea under the Khmer Rouge). The purpose is to describe the cause and effect that colonial machinations and native social behaviors had on the development and perpetuation of the Khmer Rouge. The study is limited by time and research capabilities, as I do not yet speak, read, or write Khmer or Vietnamese. Because the topic spans over two-hundred years, the research focuses on the two endpoints of colonialism and totalitarianism and neglects the time continuum in-between. It is a comparative project that weighs heavily on behavioral research as pulled from historical and anthropological studies on the area and people. The work is significant in that it attempts to bridge the gap between colonialism and Khmer Rouge by linking the events through cause and effect.


Includes bibliographical references.


23 unnumbered pages




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