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By Peter Church

ISBN-10: 0470824816

ISBN-13: 9780470824818

The good fortune of the 1st 4 versions indicates that this e-book fills a vacuum for readers who desire to know about the nations of South-East Asia. contemporary years have obvious a couple of very important advancements all of that are coated the following. With the worldwide weather turning into extra doubtful and the specter of terrorism spilling over, this e-book will reduction readers' wisdom of this sector by way of addressing its history and political destiny.

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In the following year, 1976, Indonesia announced its formal annexation and declared East Timor to be its 27th province, although few countries, or, indeed, and the United Nations, ever recognised these claims of sovereignty. The occupation was met by fierce resistance from armed guerillas, the main group of which was called Fretilin. During the period of Indonesian rule, a quarter of the population was estimated to have died from famine and disease. The methods by which the occupying forces quelled dissent received huge international exposure during 1991 following what was to become known as the Dili massacre, in which Indonesian soldiers shot dead hundreds of unarmed protesters.

Sihanouk now executed a dazzling bid for command of his people. Beginning in February 1953 he toured France, the United States and other countries demanding independence. In October 1953, the French—by this time with their backs to the wall in Vietnam—gave in to Sihanouk’s campaign. Sihanouk returned to Cambodia a hero. CAMBODIA UNDER SIHANOUK, 1953–1970 Independence defused most of the insurgency in the countryside. Son Ngoc Thanh dwindled into irrelevance in exile. The leaders of the KPRP retreated to Vietnam, though the party would continue CAMBODIA 21 E1C02_1 06/30/2009 22 surreptitious recruitment in Cambodia.

Thereafter it was a matter of time before the Lon Nol regime collapsed. The insurgents took Phnom Penh on 17 April, 1975. ‘DEMOCRATIC KAMPUCHEA’: KHMER ROUGE GOVERNMENT 1975–1979 The name ‘‘Khmer Rouge’’ (strictly ‘‘Khmers Rouges’’—red Khmers) was popularised by Sihanouk in the 1960s as a term for leftist 24 A SHORT HISTORY OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA E1C02_1 06/30/2009 25 anti-government forces in the countryside. It has remained the name in general use for the forces who took power in 1975, set up a state they called ‘‘Democratic Kampuchea’, and who, after their overthrow in 1979, resumed rural-based insurgency.

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