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Buddhism in a Dark AgeCambodian Monks under Pol Pot$
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Ian Harris

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835613

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835613.001.0001

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Buddhism and the Origins of Cambodian Communism

Buddhism and the Origins of Cambodian Communism

(p.29) Chapter 2 Buddhism and the Origins of Cambodian Communism
Buddhism in a Dark Age

Ian Harris

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter continues the ongoing narrative of Buddhist participation in Cambodian politics, this time by examining the Buddhist angle in the story of the rise of communism in Cambodia. It also discusses the roles of certain Buddhist monks who had become involved in the fledgling communist party, as well as the lives of certain key players in the Khmer Rouge (including Pol Pot himself) who have surprisingly Buddhist backgrounds. Tracing the nation's communist lineage to the old Indochinese Communist Party (ICP) of the 1930s to the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK) of the 1960s, the chapter explores the intertwined relationships between Cambodian Communism and the Khmer Rouge.

Keywords:   Cambodian Communism, communism, Buddhist monks, Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot, Indochinese Communist Party, ICP, Communist Party of Kampuchea, CPK

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