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By Peter Church

ISBN-10: 0470824816

ISBN-13: 9780470824818

The luck of the 1st 4 variations indicates that this booklet fills a vacuum for readers who desire to find out about the international locations of South-East Asia. fresh years have visible a few vital advancements all of that are lined the following. With the worldwide weather turning into extra doubtful and the specter of terrorism spilling over, this booklet will reduction readers' wisdom of this zone by way of addressing its background and political destiny.

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Another striking historical theme, intertwined with the first, concerns the perennial struggles for power within Cambodia at the expense of the country’s general well-being. Traditionally, in a matter of ruling class rivalries, the power struggles have been grotesquely magnified by this century’s global ideological collisions. 12 A SHORT HISTORY OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA E1C02_1 06/30/2009 13 Cambodia has known peace, sometimes for extended periods, but always under rulers who enforced peace. French colonial rule achieved a kind of peace in Cambodia, as did King Sihanouk in the 1950s and 1960s.

A series of drives by government forces against the Vietnamese forces in Cambodia in 1970–71 were repulsed with massive casualties, permanently weakening the government’s military capabilities. Ironically, the Vietnamese would withdraw from Cambodia voluntarily in early 1973. The United States backed the Lon Nol government, but resumed US aid served mainly to foster gross corruption in the administration and the military. Lon Nol suffered a stroke in 1971 and failed thereafter to give strong leadership to his factionalised and increasingly demoralised power base.

The best established factor in the transfer of the kingdom is the rise, from 1351, of the ambitious Thai state of Ayudhya. The Thais insistently attacked Angkor, looting it of wealth and people. A Khmer capital to the south-east (variously in later centuries Phnom Penh, Udong and Lovek) may have seemed more defensible than Angkor. Such cities were also nearer the sea and the booming maritime trade of 15th-century South-East Asia. THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA, 15TH–18TH CENTURIES Until late in the 16th century the translated Khmer kingdom appears to have been quite strong, an equal of neighbours like Ayudhya, Lan CAMBODIA 15 E1C02_1 06/30/2009 16 Xang (Laos) and Vietnam.

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