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In the Shadows of Utopia is the first podcast which aims to explain - in detail - the Khmer Rouge revolution of 1975 and the period which followed, often known as 'the Cambodian Genocide', or more simply as 'the Killing Fields'.
Cambodian history is as fascinating as it is touching. Lachlan Peters, having been a student of the country's past for more than a decade, is aiming to give the listener an account and explanation of the totality of Cambodian history which will improve the understanding of anyone who wishes to know more about this beautiful Southeast Asian nation, as well as the tragedy it faced in the 1970s.
The crimes of the Khmer Rouge have been well documented in film and books, but never have they been explored within the dynamic medium of podcasting. In what will amount to a college level explanation of this tragic loss of human life, listeners are invited to learn more about Cambodia than simply the crimes of Pol Pot. In the Shadows of Utopia will seek to explain the entire story, with interviews with experts and historians and will prove exceptionally useful to someone who would like to know more about Cambodia than what is provided by a single documentary or biography.

In the Shadows of Utopia: The Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian Nightmare Lachlan Peters

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In the Shadows of Utopia is the first podcast which aims to explain - in detail - the Khmer Rouge revolution of 1975 and the period which followed, often known as 'the Cambodian Genocide', or more simply as 'the Killing Fields'.
Cambodian history is as fascinating as it is touching. Lachlan Peters, having been a student of the country's past for more than a decade, is aiming to give the listener an account and explanation of the totality of Cambodian history which will improve the understanding of anyone who wishes to know more about this beautiful Southeast Asian nation, as well as the tragedy it faced in the 1970s.
The crimes of the Khmer Rouge have been well documented in film and books, but never have they been explored within the dynamic medium of podcasting. In what will amount to a college level explanation of this tragic loss of human life, listeners are invited to learn more about Cambodia than simply the crimes of Pol Pot. In the Shadows of Utopia will seek to explain the entire story, with interviews with experts and historians and will prove exceptionally useful to someone who would like to know more about Cambodia than what is provided by a single documentary or biography.

    #10 Cambodge Becomes Kampuchea, the French Protectorate Fails

    #10 Cambodge Becomes Kampuchea, the French Protectorate Fails

    How do the events of the Second World War influence Cambodia’s Independence? Why is Prince Norodom Sihanouk put on the throne as a 19-year-old? This episode is an in-depth discussion of the events in Cambodia and Vietnam that occurred once the French presence in Indochina was diminished by Imperial Japan during WWII. Cambodia will briefly become independent amongst the chaos of 1945, but the road to this change will involve a host of different events. Cambodian nationalism becomes a genuine [...]

    #9 Communism In Practice

    #9 Communism In Practice

    How do you build a society out of the theories of Marx and Engels? Who was Lenin and why is he such an important communist figure? How did communism come to Indochina? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsXeQ4IG4VGTGFWkf-v6poA for the video content. In part two of our discussion of basic communist subjects and history, Lachlan takes us through the formation of the first communist state in the 20th century. We find out what Lenin’s contribution to the ‘Communist Doctrine’ is, a [...]

    #8 Communism In Theory

    #8 Communism In Theory

    An understanding of communist theory is an integral part of trying to explain the Khmer Rouge revolution. In this episode, we look to the beginnings of communism and the views of Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels. How and why did they develop their theory? What role did the industrial revolution play? What are the basics of communism and how did it effect the world in the 19th century? Please visit www.shadowsofutopia.com for more information.  Or follow the show on twitter @khmerutopiaFile [...]

    #7 The French Protectorate, Rural Life and the Rise of Cambodian Nationalism

    #7 The French Protectorate, Rural Life and the Rise of Cambodian Nationalism

    What did French control of Cambodia look like? How did this ‘Protectorate’ function? What are the origins of Cambodian nationalism? How was life for your average Khmer in the early 20th century? Time Period Covered 1880 – 1938 This episode centres around Cambodian history as the French instigate the colonisation of Indochina. We learn about the early reaction to French rule, as well as the treatment of the Khmer by the imperial power. The assassination of a French official in a rural ham [...]

    #6 The Dawn of French Indochina

    #6 The Dawn of French Indochina

    What happened in the years leading up the French colonisation of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam? How did Cambodian rulers become so dependent on either Siam or Vietnam for protection? Time period covered: 1789 - 1887. In this episode, Lachlan bridges the gap between Cambodia’s ‘middle period’ and the dawn of French colonisation of Indochina. Beginning with the French revolution and its links with the eventual Khmer Rouge revolution, we then explore the imposition of Vietnamese contro [...]

    Bonus Episode: Interview with Historian David Chandler

    Bonus Episode: Interview with Historian David Chandler

    Professor David Chandler is perhaps the most widely recognised and respected scholar of Cambodian history. Author of books such as A History of Cambodia, Brother Number One, Voices from S-21 and The Tragedy of Cambodian History, David has also testified as an expert witness on two occasions during the trial of former leaders of the Khmer Rouge. I sat down with David in his home in Melbourne to discuss his ideas about the current state of the history of the Khmer Rouge, his thoughts on the Kh [...]

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