By David Chandler
During this transparent and concise quantity, writer David Chandler presents a well timed evaluate of Cambodia, a small yet more and more obvious Southeast Asian state. Praised by means of the Journal of Asian stories as an original contribution, greater to the other present work,” this acclaimed textual content has now been thoroughly revised and up-to-date to incorporate fabric reading the early background of Cambodia, whose recognized Angkorean ruins now allure a couple of million travelers every year, the demise of Pol Pot, and the revolution and ultimate cave in of the Khmer Rouge. The fourth variation displays contemporary examine through significant students in addition to Chandler’s lengthy immersion within the topic and includes a wholly new part at the demanding situations dealing with Cambodia at the present time, together with an research of the present country of politics and sociology and the expanding pressures of globalization. This finished evaluate of Cambodia will light up, for undergraduate scholars in addition to common readers, the historical past and modern politics of a rustic lengthy misunderstood.
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Extra resources for A History of Cambodia (4th Edition)
Nationhood may have meant little more than having a name (Kambuja-desa) with which to contrast one’s fellows with outsiders. Cambodians were insiders, owing their allegiance to a particular “universal” king, whose relation to them resembled Siva’s relationship with the other gods. Perhaps both these ideas came in from Java, but they were probably already known from the Indian literature of statecraft, familiar to brahmans known to have been in Cambodia at this time. The evidence for these suggestions springs from inscriptions carved long after Jayavarman’s death.
And yet throughout the eighth century (a period about which Chinese sources are silent, for no tribute from Cambodia had arrived) Cambodia was becoming more politically coherent in a process masterfully described, using Khmer-language inscriptions, by Michael Vickery. Integration involved increased population, increased 0813343631-Chandler 1 5/25/07 12:26 PM Page 33 T H E B E G I N N I N G S O F C A M B O D I A N H I S T O RY 33 wet-rice technology, alterations in patterns of local authority and apparently random inputs, like victories in war or protracted periods of peace.
14 It is possible, nonetheless, that small chiefdoms in Cambodia occasionally banded together and called themselves a kingdom for the purposes of sending tributary goods to China (an ideal occasion for encouraging trade) or of seeking Chinese help against their neighbors. It is also possible that Funan was thought to be a major kingdom because the Chinese wanted it to be one and, later, because French scholars were eager to find a predecessor for the more centralized kingdom of Angkor, which developed in northwestern Cambodia in the ninth century.
A History of Cambodia (4th Edition) by David Chandler