Cambodge: The Cultivation of a Nation, 1860-1945

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University of Hawaii Press, 2007 M01 1 - 349 pages
This strikingly original study of Cambodian nationalism brings to life eight turbulent decades of cultural change and sheds new light on the colonial ancestry of Pol Pot's murderous dystopia. Penny Edwards recreates the intellectual milieux and cultural traffic linking Europe and empire, interweaving analysis of key movements and ideas in the French Protectorate of Cambodge with contemporary developments in the Metropole. From the naturalist Henri Mouhot's expedition to Angkor in 1860 to the nationalist Son Ngoc Thanh's short-lived premiership in 1945, this history of ideas tracks the talented Cambodian and French men and women who shaped the contours of the modern Khmer nation. Their visions and ambitions played out within a shifting landscape of Angkorean temples, Parisian museums, Khmer printing presses, world's fairs, Buddhist monasteries, and Cambodian youth hostels. This is cross-cultural history at its best.
 

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Contents

Angkor and the Archaeology
19
Capitalizing on Angkor
40
Bringing Buddhism
95
Disengaging Angkor 19071916
125
Angkor and the Art of Authenticity
144
Secularizing the Sangha 19001935
166
Chuon Nath Huot Tath and Suzanne Karpelès
183
Setting Khmerism in Motion 19351945
210
Past Colonial?
242
Notes
257
Glossary
317
Bibliography
325
Index
341
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Penny Edwards is assistant professor of Southeast Asian studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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