By David Chandler

ISBN-10: 0813343631

ISBN-13: 9780813343631

During this transparent and concise quantity, writer David Chandler presents a well timed assessment of Cambodia, a small yet more and more obvious Southeast Asian country. Praised by means of the Journal of Asian stories as an “original contribution, more desirable to the other present work,” this acclaimed textual content has now been thoroughly revised and up-to-date to incorporate fabric reading the early historical past of Cambodia, whose recognized Angkorean ruins now allure a couple of million travelers every year, the loss of life of Pol Pot, and the revolution and ultimate cave in of the Khmer Rouge. The fourth variation displays fresh learn by means of significant students in addition to Chandler’s lengthy immersion within the topic and includes a completely new part at the demanding situations dealing with Cambodia this day, together with an research of the present kingdom of politics and sociology and the expanding pressures of globalization. This entire review of Cambodia will light up, for undergraduate scholars in addition to basic readers, the heritage and modern politics of a rustic lengthy misunderstood.

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Seen in terms of artistic styles, media, and motifs—including the facility of Cambodian poets in Sanskrit—it is possible to talk about progress, development, and decline without being able to say why some periods were supposedly progressive and others decadent. Seen from the bottom, it is easy to generalize again about continuity between that era and much more recent times, but we are still handicapped by the poverty of our sources. Sources, indeed, pose major problems. Those connected with inscriptions written in Sanskrit or in Khmer have been discussed in Chapter 2, but it is important to see how the biases of these documents produce a skewed picture of Cambodian society at Angkor.

People, rather than land per se, are needed to cultivate wet rice. Keeping in mind this fact, as well as the low density of the population in the entire area (always excepting Java, Bali, and the Red River delta in Vietnam), it is easy to see why, throughout Southeast Asian history, overlordship and power were so often thought of and pursued in terms of controlling people rather than land. Population pressure, of course, probably impelled some Cambodian rulers, perhaps including Jayavarman II, to take control over new territory where the population could be deployed to grow rice.

What is important in terms of the sweep of Cambodian history is that the geographical and economic shifts of the seventh and eighth centuries reversed themselves in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and that, just as the first set of changes can be associated with the formation of Angkor in the ninth and tenth centuries, the second set can be associated with the establishment of a less monumental, less ambitious, and somewhat more outward-looking state centered in the area of present-day Phnom Penh.

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