Cambodian Recent History and Contemporary Society: An Introductory Course

Dr. Judy Ledgerwood
Department of Anthropology and Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Northern Illinois University

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Table of Contents

Essay I - Cambodia since April 1975


Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979)

The People’s Republic of Kampuchea (1979-1989)

The State of Cambodia (1989-1993)

The United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (1992-93)

The Royal Government of Cambodia (1993-2002)


Understanding Cambodia: Social Hierarchy and Patron-Client Relationships

Democratic Kampuchea: Hierarchy/Egalitarianism and Pol Pot

The UN Sponsored Elections of 1993: Were they ‘free and fair’?

The July 5-6, 1997 "events": When is a coup not a coup?


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