Facing the Cambodian Past: Selected Essays, 1971-1994

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A leading student of Cambodia’s history considers a range of themes and problems including the leper-king myth at Angkor, post-Angkorean normative poems, nineteenth century perceptions of the moral order, and royally sponsored human sacrifices in rural Cambodia in the 1870s. Other essays deal with aspects of the colonial period and the revolutionary era (1975-1979). This collection closes with two essays, written 16 years apart, that deal with what the author calls "the tragedy of Cambodian history."

University of Washington Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789747100648
  • Publisher: Silkworm Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Angkor and Memories of Angkor 1
The Legend of the Leper King (1978) 3
An Eighteenth Century Inscription from Angkor Wat (1970) 15
Maps for the Ancestors (1975) 25
Pt. II Cambodia before the French 43
Normative Poems (Chbap) and Pre-colonial Cambodian Society (1982) 45
An Anti-Vietnamese Rebellion in Early Nineteenth-Century Cambodia (1973) 61
Songs at the Edge of the Forest (1978) 76
Going through the Motions (1979) 100
Royally Sponsored Human Sacrifices in Nineteenth-Century Cambodia (1973) 119
Pt. III The Colonial Era 137
Assassination of Resident Bardez (1981) 139
The Duties of the Corps of Royal Scribes (1975) 159
The Kingdom of Kampuchea, March-October 1945 (1985) 165
Cambodian Royal Chronicles (Rajabangsavatar) (1976) 189
Pt. IV Cambodia since 1975 205
Transformation in Cambodia (1976) 207
Revising the Past in Democratic Kampuchea (1982) 215
Seeing Red (1982) 233
A Revolution in Full Spate (1982) 255
Cambodia in 1984 (1984) 276
Pt. V History and Tragedy 295
The Tragedy of Cambodian History (1979) 297
The Tragedy of Cambodian History Revisited (1994) 310
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