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FROM RICE FIELDS TO KILLING FIELDS Syracuse Studies in Geography Don Mitchell, Tom Perreault, and Robert Wilson, Series Advisers d i r e c t o r ’s c h o i c e Our Director’s Choice program is an opportunity to highlight a book from our list that deserves special attention. James Tyner demonstrates how Democratic Kampuchea provides a remarkable case study for geographers and other social scientists to gain insight into relations of production, consumption, and violence. I am delighted to add this important book to our list and hereby reiterate our strong commitment to publishing in the social sciences. Alice Randel Pfeiffer Director, Syracuse University Press FROM RICE FIELDS Nature, Life, and Labor under the Khmer Rouge TO KILLING FIELDS J A M E S A . T Y N E R Syracuse University Press Copyright © 2017 by Syracuse University Press Syracuse, New York 13244-5290 All Rights Reserved First Edition 2017 17 18 19 20 21 22    6 5 4 3 2 1 ∞ The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1992. For a listing of books published and distributed by Syracuse University Press, visit ISBN: 978-0-8156-3556-7 (hardcover) 978-0-8156-3541-3 (paperback) 978-0-8156-5422-3 (e-book) Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Tyner, James A., 1966– author. Title: From rice fields to killing fields : nature, life, and labor under the Khmer Rouge / James A. Tyner. Description: First edition. | [Syracuse, New York] : Syracuse University Press, 2017. | Series: Syracuse studies in geography | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017030992 (print) | LCCN 2017032597 (ebook) | ISBN 9780815654223 (e-book) | ISBN 9780815635567 | ISBN 9780815635567 (hardcover : alk. paper) | ISBN 9780815635413 (pbk. : alk. paper) | ISBN 9780815654223 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: Cambodia—Politics and government—1975-1979. | Parti communiste du Kampuchea. | Communism—Cambodia. | Political violence—Cambodia—History—20th century. Classification: LCC DS554.8 (ebook) | LCC DS554.8 .T95 2017 (print) | DDC 959.604/2—dc23 LC record available at Manufactured in the United States of America To the memory of those who died, and to those who continue to endure the legacy of war in Cambodia ...