By David Chandler
During this transparent and concise quantity, writer David Chandler offers a well timed evaluation of Cambodia, a small yet more and more obvious Southeast Asian country. Praised by means of the Journal of Asian reports as an original contribution, more advantageous to the other latest work,” this acclaimed textual content has now been thoroughly revised and up to date to incorporate fabric interpreting the early heritage of Cambodia, whose recognized Angkorean ruins now allure multiple million travelers every year, the dying of Pol Pot, and the revolution and ultimate cave in of the Khmer Rouge. The fourth version displays fresh examine through significant students in addition to Chandler’s lengthy immersion within the topic and comprises a completely new part at the demanding situations dealing with Cambodia at the present time, together with an research of the present kingdom of politics and sociology and the expanding pressures of globalization. This finished review of Cambodia will light up, for undergraduate scholars in addition to basic readers, the historical past and modern politics of a rustic lengthy misunderstood.
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Additional resources for A History of Cambodia (4th Edition)
Indian troops never invaded Cambodia, and if individual Indians enjoyed high status, as they often did, it was partly by convincing local people that they deserved it. When Indians came, at first as adventurers, perhaps, or as traders, they were absorbed into the local population. Perhaps just as often, news from India came via Cambodian traders who had visited the subcontinent. Indianization never produced the identity crisis among Cambodians that Chinese colonization and cultural imperialism produced among the Vietnamese.
Photo by Claude Jacques. 0813343631-Chandler 1 5/25/07 12:26 PM Page 39 K I N G S H I P A N D S O C I E T Y AT A N G K O R 39 of the elite. They also tell us about fashions in hemlines, hairstyles, and jewelry; these have been used to arrange a chronology of artistic styles. The bas-reliefs are informative about weapons, armor, and battle tactics; those from the thirteenth-century temple-mountain, the Bayon, are a rich source for details about everyday Cambodian life. So in addition to deeds, obituary notices, and orations, we can work with tableaux showing the people of Angkor for the most part disguised as mythical figures and with bas-reliefs showing them going about their daily business.
An Indian traveler to China reported that “it is the custom of the country to worship the celestial god Mahesvara Siva. This deity regularly descends on Mt. 13 The evidence that either mountain was a cult site is stronger than the evidence that Funan was a major, unified kingdom or that its political center was associated with either hill. What made the place important to the Chinese was that a principality dubbed Funan by the Chinese offered tribute to the Chinese emperor, on an irregular basis, between 253 and 519.