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 seen Southeast Asian country. Praised through the Journal of Asian stories as an original contribution, better to the other current 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 multiple million travelers every year, the dying of Pol Pot, and the revolution and ultimate cave in of the Khmer Rouge. The fourth variation displays contemporary examine by way 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 at the present time, together with an research of the present country of politics and sociology and the expanding pressures of globalization. This complete evaluation of Cambodia will light up, for undergraduate scholars in addition to normal 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)
The temple lands stretched east to a stream, south to a small hill, west and north to other landmarks, and then the light goes out. We know little about the way this temple fitted into the context of its time, whether its patrons enjoyed official status, or whether the temple remained in use for months or centuries. In some inscriptions, descendants return to the site to restore it in honor of their ancestors; other temples seem to have lasted only as long as individual patrons did. The other sources we have for the study of Cambodian history are the temples themselves, and the statues and bas-reliefs they contain, as well as artifacts dating from Angkorean times that have been unearthed throughout Cambodia.
Rural life requires alliances. The human sacrifices at Ba Phnom were one example of this communal orientation. Others included the complex of rituals still ushering in the agricultural year today—the sacred furrow, the towers of sand, and so forth; the royal cults that in effect negotiate with the dead for the welfare of the kingdom; and the boat races that take place in flooded rivers at the end of planting. Although these cults at first appear to be antagonistic to each other (the Great and Little traditions once again), in fact they are complementary.
Cults like this were not confined to Asia, but it is useful to see, as Mus has, that an Indian traveler coming across them in Cambodia would “recognize” them as Indian cults honoring the god Siva or one of his consorts. Similarly, a Cambo- 0813343631-Chandler 1 5/25/07 12:26 PM Page 17 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 17 dian visiting India, or hearing about it, would see some of his own cults in those that honored the Indian god. During the first five hundred years or so of the current era, India provided Cambodia with a writing system, a pantheon, meters for poetry, a language (Sanskrit) to write it in, a vocabulary of social hierarchies (not the same as a caste system), Buddhism, the idea of universal kingship, and new ways of looking at politics, sociology, architecture, iconography, astronomy, and aesthetics.