Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land
PublicAffairs, 2011 M04 12 - 416 páginas
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes how Cambodia emerged from the harrowing years when a quarter of its population perished under the Khmer Rouge. A generation after genocide, Cambodia seemed on the surface to have overcome its history -- the streets of Phnom Penh were paved; skyscrapers dotted the skyline. But under this façe lies a country still haunted by its years of terror. Although the international community tried to rebuild Cambodia and introduce democracy in the 1990s, in the country remained in the grip of a venal government. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley learned that almost a half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era suffered from P.T.S.D. -- and had passed their trauma to the next generation. His extensive close-up reporting in Cambodia's Curse illuminates the country, its people, and the deep historical roots of its modern-day behavior.
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The problem is, now people don't see this as a problem. Today it has become the
norm for us. That's what's scary.” This learned behavior is one reason most
Cambodians do not react to their leaders' misbehavior. They are silent when
Through the centuries, Angkor's kings never acquired the view that they were
accountable to their people. Still, the people clamored for favors; they begged the
king for financial assistance or to weigh in on land disputes—an endemic
For solutions to their problems, they had to look beyond themselves. They
searched for saviors outside their borders—a far cry from the great medieval
kings who held a vast, glittering empire together with cunning and military might.
The Thai ...
The Thai were a more difficult problem. For the first few years the French were
benign guardians, asking only for taxes and fees in return for their protection. But
by the mid1870s they began demanding change in Cambodia's ossified ...
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - zmagic69 - LibraryThing
Great book, providing a high level overview of Cambodia. From the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, to Vietnam taking over the country in 1979, to the UN getting involved. The primary focus of the ... Leer comentario completo
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
Cambodia - one of the worst suffering lands in Asia, comparable in some areas only to Burma or North Korea. The author does a good job at chronicling the sufferings of the people - corruption, famine ... Leer comentario completo
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