Reconfiguring Kingdoms: The end of Angkor and the emergence of Early Modern period Cambodia

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    It’s difficult to confront such vast and complex subjects as the end of
    Angkor and the emergence of new Cambodian political centres, which
    together span over a period of four hundred years. To attempt this task in
    a single chapter involves selecting certain themes, evidence, and historical
    events at the expense of others. Since the early days of scholarship about
    Cambodia from the late nineteenth century, Angkor (around 800–around
    1450) and the Early Modern period (around 1450–around 1850) have
    generally been viewed as independent historical eras punctuated by
    collapse. The decline of Angkor is regarded as the watershed event, but
    it is typically conflated with a second Cambodian defeat at its sixteenth century
    capital of Longvek.
    This chapter will appraise factors coincident with the fragmentation of the
    Angkorian Empire between the late thirteenth and the fifteenth century,
    and Cambodia’s participation in the booming Asian trade networks of the
    sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAngkor
    Subtitle of host publicationExploring Cambodia's Sacred City
    EditorsTheresa McCullough, Stephen A. Murphy, Pierre Baptiste, Thierry Zéphir
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherAsian Civilisations Museum
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)9789811168307
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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