By John Tully
During this concise and compelling historical past, Cambodia’s prior is defined in bright aspect, from the richness of the Angkorean empire throughout the darkish a long time of the 18th and early-19th centuries, French colonialism, independence, the Vietnamese clash, the Pol Pot regime, and its present incarnation as a troubled democracy. With full of life writing and keenness for the subject, John Tully covers the whole sweep of Cambodian background, explaining why this land of contrasts is still an engaging enigma to the overseas group. Detailing the miserable checklist of struggle, famine, and invasion that has threatened to break Cambodia, this dialogue exhibits its survival to be a testomony to the resilience of the human spirit.
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A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival (A Short History of Asia series) by John Tully