Phnom Penh: A Cultural History

Phnom Penh: A Cultural History

by Milton Osborne
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195342475
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/04/2008
Series:
Cityscapes Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

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

Index of Literary and Historical Names

Index of Places and Landmarks

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