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By David Chandler

ISBN-10: 0813343631

ISBN-13: 9780813343631

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 way of the Journal of Asian reports as an “original contribution, more advantageous 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 well-known Angkorean ruins now allure multiple million travelers every year, the demise of Pol Pot, and the revolution and ultimate cave in of the Khmer Rouge. The fourth version displays contemporary learn by way of significant students in addition to Chandler’s lengthy immersion within the topic and comprises a wholly new part at the demanding situations dealing with Cambodia this day, together with an research of the present country of politics and sociology and the expanding pressures of globalization. This finished assessment of Cambodia will remove darkness from, for undergraduate scholars in addition to common readers, the background and modern politics of a rustic lengthy misunderstood.

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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.

The loss, diminution, or absence of power, moreover, revealed to people that a previous existence had been in some way flawed. A person’s status in society, therefore, was programmed by someone else’s performance in the past, and one’s behavior here and now determined where one would stand when one returned to life. To improve personal status, then, one could accumulate merit by performing virtuous acts, like subsidizing a temple or being generous to monks, donating a gilded image of a god, or sponsoring religious festivals.

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.

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