Phnom Penh: A Cultural History

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As a one-time resident of Phnom Penh and an authority on Southeast Asia, Milton Osborne provides a colorful account of the troubled history and appealing culture of Cambodia's capital city. Osborne sheds light on Phnom Penh's early history, when first Iberian missionaries and freebooters and then French colonists held Cambodia's fate in their hands. The book examines one of the most intriguing rulers of the twentieth century, King Norodom Sihanouk, who ruled over a city of palaces, Buddhist temples, and transplanted French architecture, an exotic blend that remains to this day. Osborne also describes the terrible civil war, the Khmer Rouge's capture of the city, the defeat of Pol Pot in 1979, and Phnom Penh's slow reemergence as one of the most attractive cities in Southeast Asia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195342475
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Series: Cityscapes Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Milton Osborne is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra. He is the author of nine books on the history and politics of Southeast Asia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. A Personal Introduction to a Changing City
2. Deciphering the Palimpsest: Finding the Past in the Present
3. Iberian Alarums and Excursions
4. Royal City, Colonial City
5. Transformation: Building the New Phnom Penh in an Era of Colonial Good Feeling
6. Phnom Penh before the Second World War: A Literary Way Station for the Angkor Temples
7. Watershed Years, 1939-1953
8. "Sihanouk Time", 1953-1970
9. Three Years, Eight Months and Twenty Days: Phnom Penh under Pol Pot
10. Writing Obituaries for "Old Phnom Penh"
11. Ambiguous City in an Ambiguous Country, 1979-1993
12. Today's City: Somehow Hope Survives
Appendix A: The Royal Palace
Appendix B: The National Museum
Further Reading by Chapter

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