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dc.contributor.authorPribble, Scott
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-20T15:08:17Z
dc.date.available2023-06-20T15:08:17Z
dc.date.issued2024
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/63628
dc.description.abstractPribble investigates the barter economies that developed in many of the labor camps established under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. When the Khmer Rouge abolished currency and markets in 1975, starving Cambodians created underground exchanges in labor camps throughout the country, bartering luxury items for food and other necessities, while simultaneously undermining the regime’s ideological goals of eliminating any traces of capitalism in Democratic Kampuchea. Pribble asserts three key points about the barter economy in the Khmer Rouge labor camps. First, the underground exchanges in Democratic Kampuchea provided food and medicine for desperate people subsisting under a totalitarian regime, saving the lives of countless Cambodians. Second, bartering was the riskiest way to obtain food because it was dependent upon the discretion of two or more individuals from different social classes under the threat of violent punishment, thereby altering the social dynamics of the camps. Finally, despite the regime’s extreme efforts to eliminate foreign influence from the country and impose communist ideology on millions of citizens, basic forms of market capitalism and a demand for superfluous luxury goods persisted in labor camps throughout the country. A fascinating study of the human consequences of imposing rigid ideology, that will be of particular interest to scholars and students of political history and Southeast Asian history.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::N History and Archaeology::NH History::NHF Asian historyen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::N History and Archaeology::NH History::NHB General and world historyen_US
dc.subject.otherCambodia;Communism;Kampuchea;Labor camps;Market Capitalism;Pol Pot;Rationingen_US
dc.titleThe Barter Economy of the Khmer Rouge Labor Campsen_US
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.4324/9781003346371en_US
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy7b3c7b10-5b1e-40b3-860e-c6dd5197f0bben_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781003346371en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781032387024en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781032387017en_US
oapen.imprintRoutledgeen_US
oapen.pages175en_US


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