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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-06
Reconstruction and Development of Rural Cambodia: From Krom Samakki to Globalization


How have Cambodian peasants rebuilt their social relations, which were totally destroyed by the Khmer Rouge regime? The objective of this study is to elucidate the process of reconstruction and development in rural households after 1979, when the Khmer Rouge regime collapsed, and to publish it in English.

After April 1975, when the National United Front for Kampuchea was victorious in the second Indochinese war in Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge moved quickly to take total political control. The regime, under the constitutional provision of “all of the important productive means collectively belong to the people’s nation and collective properties of the people’s group” in the second article, totally abolished the private ownership of the people. In addition, they destroyed traditional social relations through forced relocations, and by carrying out living and working by age and gender groups.

In January 1979, the Khmer Rouge regime collapsed, giving way to a regime of the People’s Revolutionary Party. During the approximately ten years from this time until 1992 when the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia was introduced and 1993, when it carried out the general election, there was surprisingly little academic interest in Cambodia.

However, this researcher took interest in these “forgotten” 1980s and published some papers in Japanese. As a result, she concluded that the understanding of the reconstruction process in rural Cambodia in the 1980s is indispensable for gaining a deep understanding of its present state. She also believes that this is a good time to update her research products and publish them in English.


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The final results will be published in the I.D.E. Developing Perspective Series in 2008