By David Chandler
During this transparent and concise quantity, writer David Chandler presents a well timed review of Cambodia, a small yet more and more obvious Southeast Asian kingdom. Praised by way of the Journal of Asian stories as an original contribution, enhanced to the other current work,” this acclaimed textual content has now been thoroughly revised and up-to-date to incorporate fabric reading the early background of Cambodia, whose well-known Angkorean ruins now allure a couple of million travelers every year, the loss of life of Pol Pot, and the revolution and ultimate cave in of the Khmer Rouge. The fourth variation displays contemporary study via significant students in addition to Chandler’s lengthy immersion within the topic and comprises a completely new part at the demanding situations dealing with Cambodia this day, together with an research of the present country of politics and sociology and the expanding pressures of globalization. This entire evaluate of Cambodia will light up, for undergraduate scholars in addition to basic readers, the historical past and modern politics of a rustic lengthy misunderstood.
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The loss, diminution, or absence of power, moreover, revealed to people that a previous existence had been in some way flawed. A person’s status in society, therefore, was programmed by someone else’s performance in the past, and one’s behavior here and now determined where one would stand when one returned to life. To improve personal status, then, one could accumulate merit by performing virtuous acts, like subsidizing a temple or being generous to monks, donating a gilded image of a god, or sponsoring religious festivals.
We have already noted that the term “king,” or raja, probably meant less in Funan than it did in medieval Europe. Another important term, knjom, which can be translated as “slave,” seems to have meant something more ambiguous to the Khmer than our word slave. 30 They had many levels of social status, different origins, and many kinds of duties. Those toiling in the fields resembled black slaves in the antebellum American South. Others, especially those attached to temples, may have seen themselves as enjoying quasi-clerical status.
The distribution of pre-Angkorean inscriptions indicates that the more populated sections of Cambodia—as in the twentieth century, but not in the Angkorean era—were along the banks of the Mekong and lower Tonle Sap, particularly to the south of present-day Phnom Penh, with other settlements along the upper Mekong near present-day Kratie. Until quite recently, scholars sought to consolidate this assortment of small kingdoms under the name Chenla, which was given to one of them by the Chinese and preserved in nineteenth-century Vietnamese as a name for Cambodia.