Angkor's Temples in the Modern Era

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John Burgess masterfully brings to life the modern history of Cambodia’s fabled Angkor temples, from their ‘discovery’ by French explorers in the mid-19th century, through the decades of French colonialism, to the tragic wars and genocide in the latter part of the 20th century. He explains how the temples miraculously survive while so much of Cambodia has been lost or changed forever. . . . An invaluable and riveting book about one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world. –Jon Swain, author of River of Time: A Memoir of Vietnam and Cambodia 

 

John Burgess, a seasoned journalist who has visited Cambodia many times since 1969, has written five absorbing books about Angkorian civilisation, including two finely imagined novels. His latest, Angkor’s Temples in the Modern Era, is deftly written, sumptuously illustrated, and highly recommended. –David Chandler, author of A History of Cambodia 

 

John Burgess brings his writing skills and expert knowledge to the story of Angkor’s relationship with the modern world. More than a thousand years ago, the Khmer civilization arose in what is now Cambodia. Its famous sandstone temples, such as Angkor Wat, are, except for the Cambodian people themselves, that civilization’s sole survivors. Yet, despite many international attempts to protect the temples, the ravages of the 20th and 21st centuries – wars, tourism, greed, politics, and plunder – are a far greater a threat than the jungle ever was. Burgess’s book is a must-read. –Stanley Cloud, former Saigon and Washington bureau chief of Time magazine

 

ISBN
978 616 451 046 3
Author
John Burgess
No. of pages
268 pages
Size
H232 x W170 mm
Specification
187 photographs and 1 map, paperback