Introduction: Conflict in Cambodia, 1945-2002

  title={Introduction: Conflict in Cambodia, 1945-2002},
  author={Ben Kiernan},
  journal={Critical Asian Studies},
  pages={483 - 495}
  • B. Kiernan
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Political Science
  • Critical Asian Studies
Before World War II, Cambodia was a heavily taxed, relatively quiet corner of the French empire. Its population was 80 percent Khmer, 80 percent Buddhist, and 80 percent rice-growing peasants. Up to a fifth of the population were ethnic and religious minorities: Vietnamese, Chinese, and Muslim Chams worked mostly in rubber plantations or as clerks, shopkeepers, and fisherfolk, while a score of small ethnolinguistic groups, such as the Jarai, Tampuan, and Kreung, populated the upland northeast… 

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