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Transcript of Pol pot
Cambodia was restarted back to “Year Zero” and renamed Democratic Kampuchea.
Towns and cities are emptied.
All social classes were eliminated; there were only peasants and workers.
All foreign influences were removed from the country.
Many were executed: Intellectuals, anyone who had ties to the former government, ethnic Vietnamese, Thais, Chinese…
Cambodia was turned into “slave labour” with horrible life conditions.
Out of 8 million people, 2 million died. In the end, Pol Pot’s goal of a perfect communist state failed, and the consequences of his “revolution” are still present in Cambodia today. Guiding question/relationships with others How do revolutionaries use their relationships with others for positive or negative outcomes? Oh god As for whether or not these actions had positive or negative outcomes, "It's up to history to judge." - Pol Pot AKA "Brother Number One" Mao is better He was very impressed by the Angkor Wat and wanted to bring Cambodia back to the glory of the Khmer Empire (one of the most powerful empires in Southeast Asia from 9th century to 15th) • Pol Pot wanted to turn the country into an agricultural state, where everyone would work in fields. Saloth Sar was born the 19 of May 1925 in the village of Prek Sbauv in the province of Kampong Thom, which was at the time part of the French Indochina.
His father’s family had political connections with at the royal court at the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.
Visits from court officials in the Saloth home were very common in the Saloth Sar’s childhood.
In the late 1920s Sar’s older brother went to the capital Phonm Penh to work as a clerk at the palace. So clearly Saloth Sar had connection with the Royal Family from a young age. Early life At the age of six he was sent to live with his older brother the clerk and Meak his cousin and assisted many royal events. While living with them he went to a Buddhist monastery called Vat Botum Vaddei. In 1935 he went to a primary school called École de Miche run by French catholic fathers. Vat Botum Vaddei Primary education Later on in his life he went to an exclusive technical school called Lycée Sisowath to learn carpentry. His academic failures made him change schools and so he went to Russey Keo where he then earned a full paid scholarship to study radio electronics to the prestigious EFR University in Paris. Secondary/Post-Secondary education Saloth Sar becomes a communist At the EFR, he met a couple of older students involved in the struggle of Cambodian independence supported by the French Communist Party.
According to historian and analyst Philip Short :
“Sâr’s poor academic record was in fact a definite advantage within the anti-intellectual PCF that saw uneducated peasants and workers as the true proletariat; this allowed him to establish a leadership role in the study group, the Cercle Marxiste that Sâr contributed to found”.
Sar became very interested in Stalin's work which he found was easier that Marx’s or Lenin’s. In 1970, Prince Sihanouk, the leader of Cambodia was ousted by the U.S. in a military coup. Sihanouk had no other choice but to join Pol Pot's forces. Pol Pot used his new allegiance to elevate himself even more to the eyes of the Cambodians. 1949, while Saloth Sar is studying in Paris, he meets like-minded Cambodians who also happen to be studying in Paris. Among them are : Ieng Sary, Khieu Samphan, Khieu Ponnary, Khieu Thirith and Song Sen. They create a "Paris student group". Later they'll become the leaders of the Khmer Rouge, who cause the Cambodian genocide. YOLO FUCK HI 1925-1998 yay for walls of text