The History of Cambodia

The History of Cambodia

The History of Cambodia

The History of Cambodia

Synopsis

Includes narrative histories that provide a chronological examination of the political, cultural, philosophical, social, and religious continuities in each nation's long rich history.

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This book derives from an interest in Cambodia dating back to my school days, when I became fascinated by Angkor, which my parents had visited many years earlier, in 1963. When I was 11, I had to present a talk at school, and I chose Angkor as my topic, using photographs my parents had taken of the temples as visual aids. This eventually led to my studies at the University of Hull, and then at Monash University, Australia, where I completed my doctoral thesis on the Cambodian government during the period from 1970 until 1975. Since then, I have been teaching and over this time, I have incurred many debts. A large number of Cambodian politicians and their families have granted interviews, and helped provide me an abundance of information that is not available elsewhere, as have academics, former diplomats, and others connected with Cambodia, whose knowledge, ideas, advice, and insight have been invaluable.

My first thanks must be to the Cambodians who have helped me understand their country. Piphal Engly and her husband Than Hin have been family friends for many years, and my thanks to both of them must be recorded; and also to Sok Pirun, another close friend over a long period of time, who died just before I finished this manuscript. I have enjoyed my discussions with the late Chhean Vam, Douc Rasy, Roland Eng, Ieng Mouly, Keat Sukun, Khau . . .

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