The Civilization of Angkor / Edition 1

The Civilization of Angkor / Edition 1

by Charles Higham
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520242181

ISBN-13: 9780520242180

Pub. Date: 04/23/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

"The Civilization of Angkor is remarkable and unique in that it delves into the prehistoric roots of the civilization. Higham is THE international authority on southeast Asian archaeology, and presents an up-to-date and provocative synthesis of Angkor."-Brian Fagan, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara , author of Floods, Famines,

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"The Civilization of Angkor is remarkable and unique in that it delves into the prehistoric roots of the civilization. Higham is THE international authority on southeast Asian archaeology, and presents an up-to-date and provocative synthesis of Angkor."-Brian Fagan, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara , author of Floods, Famines, and Emperors:El Niño and the Fate of Civilizations, and co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Archaeology.
"In blending archaeological and documentary data to chronicle the rise of this important Southeast Asian state, Higham's rich history of Angkor effectively refutes traditional models of state development in the Mekong region and offers insights regarding the nature of Angkor and the processes that led to its emergence."-Miriam Stark, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i and editor of The Archaeology of Social Boundaries

Author Biography:Charles Higham has been active in archaeological research in Southeast Asia since 1969. He has published a series of final excavation reports and is the author of three major syntheses of the region's prehistory, The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia, The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia, and Prehistoric Thailand (written with Rachanie Thosarat). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

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ISBN-13:
9780520242180
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/23/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgementsxi
Timelinexiii
1Introduction: 'One of the Marvels of the World'1
What was Angkor?4
The origins of states6
Influence from India9
The importance of rice11
2The Prehistoric Period in South-East Asia: 2300 BC-AD 40013
Rice cultivation: its origins and importance14
The Bronze Age17
The Iron Age19
3The Earliest Civilization in South-East Asia: AD 150-55023
Funan, the delta state24
Oc Eo, a trading port25
Angkor Borei28
Recent archaeological research in the delta29
Inscriptions32
Agriculture33
4The Early Kingdoms of Chenla: AD 550-80036
A noble family37
Jayavarman I39
Other dynasties42
The social hierarchy42
The temple45
The concentration of power49
5The Dynasty of Jayavarman II: AD 800-100053
Jayavarman II and the establishment of royal power54
Jayavarman III59
Indravarman I60
Yashovarman I63
Royal control of the centre and provinces67
An established state68
Yashovarman's sons69
Jayavarman IV70
Harshavarman II and Rajendravarman I73
Jayavarman V79
The dynasty of Jayavarman II: royal power and social organization83
The extent of the kingdom84
New court titles and duties85
Beyond the capital: control in the provinces86
The legal system87
The dynasty of Jayavarman II: conclusions89
6The Dynasty of the Sun Kings: AD 1000-108091
Suryavarman, the builder and restorer94
The countryside after civil war97
The achievements of Suryavarman I101
Udayadityavarman II101
7The Dynasty of Mahidharapura: AD 1080-107
Jayavarman VI, Dharanindravarman I and the accession of Suryavarman II107
Suryavarman II112
Jayavarman VII and the Bayon121
The Jayatataka, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and Banteay Chmar124
The reaction after the reign of Jayavarman VII132
An ambassador visits Angkor134
After Zhou Daguan138
Angkor is rediscovered by the West140
8The Civilization of Angkor143
Phase 1The prehistoric Iron Age143
Phase 2The delta state, AD 150-550146
Phase 3Chenla: state formation in the Mekong Valley, AD 550-800148
Phase 4The capital at Angkor, AD 800-1432151
The civilization of Angkor in wider perspective162
Glossary167
References for Further Reading171
Index181

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