In the Shadows of Utopia

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The Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian Nightmare

In the Shadows of Utopia is the first podcast dedicated to explaining the Khmer Rouge revolution in the context of Cambodian and world history. More than just being the “Cambodian Genocide Podcast” or “The Khmer Rouge Podcast”, this is an attempt to contextualise the horrors that Cambodia faced in the 1970’s, going into detail and depth that is often missing in other short treatments of the subject.

To fully explain the reasons why the Khmer Rouge killed more than a quarter of the entire Cambodian population - in just under four years - requires time, effort, and extensive research. If you are only vaguely aware of the “Pol Pot Regime” or if you have watched “The Killing Fields” or “First They Killed My Father” and would like to know more about why and how Democratic Kampuchea came to be, then this podcast is for you. A perfect primer to travel in Cambodia or as a foundation for study of Cambodian history or of the Pol Pot regime.

Utilising a huge number of sources as well as interviews with experts and historians, this limited series will provide a thorough narrative history of Cambodia. It will address the forces both internal and external which pull the country into a tragic set of circumstances that, ultimately, produce one of the worst human disasters of the 20th century.

The podcast can be listened to on all major providers, as well as visually represented on YouTube along with various video essays that explore historical questions. 

Period22 May 2018

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  • TitleIn the Shadows of Utopia - Interview with Tom Chandler
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletIN THE SHADOWS OF UTOPIA
    Media typeWeb
    Descriptionom Chandler is a senior lecturer at Monash University. His research has focused upon the design and development of immersive simulations of the past, particularly the medieval Cambodian capital of Angkor. In what is the first interview of the series Lachlan speaks with Tom about how immersive virtual recreations can transform our imagination of the 'skeletal remains' of Angkor. The uses of this research for historians as well as the resources that Tom and his team at the Virtual Angkor Project are discussed, as well as his thoughts on technology and archaeology.

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    Producer/AuthorLachlan Peters
    PersonsThomas Chandler