Phnom Penh: A Cultural History
As a one-time resident of Phnom Penh and an authority on Southeast Asia, Milton Osborne provides a colorful account of the troubled history and appealing culture of Cambodia's capital city. Osborne sheds light on Phnom Penh's early history, when first Iberian missionaries and freebooters and then French colonists held Cambodia's fate in their hands. The book examines one of the most intriguing rulers of the twentieth century, King Norodom Sihanouk, who ruled over a city of palaces, Buddhist temples, and transplanted French architecture, an exotic blend that remains to this day. Osborne also describes the terrible civil war, the Khmer Rouge's capture of the city, the defeat of Pol Pot in 1979, and Phnom Penh's slow reemergence as one of the most attractive cities in Southeast Asia.
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A Personal Introduction to a Changing City
Deciphering the Palimpsest Finding the Past in the Present
Iberian Alarums and Excursions
Royal City Colonial City
Transformation Building the New Phnom Penh in an Era of Colonial Good Feeling
Phnom Penh before the Second World War A Literary Way Station for the Angkor Temples
Watershed Years 19391953
Sihanouk Time 19531970
Three Years Eight Months and Twenty Days Phnom Penh under Pol Pot
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