Angkor and the Khmer Civilization

A great deal is now known about the brilliant Khmer civilization that flourished among the monsoon forests and rice paddies of mainland Southeast Asia, thanks to the pioneering work of French scholars and the application of modern archaeological techniques such as remote sensing from the space shuttle.The classic period Khmer kings ruled over their part Hindu and part BuddA great deal is now known about the brilliant Khmer civilization that flourished among the monsoon forests and rice paddies of mainland Southeast Asia, thanks to the pioneering work of French scholars and the application of modern archaeological techniques such as remote sensing from the space shuttle.The classic period Khmer kings ruled over their part Hindu and part Buddhist empire from AD 802 for than five centuries This period saw the construction of many architectural masterpieces, including the huge capital city of Angkor, with the awe inspiring Angkor Wat, the world s largest religious structure Numerous other provincial centers, bound together by an impressive imperial road system, were scattered across the Cambodian Plain, northeast Thailand, southern Laos, and the Delta of southern Vietnam Khmer civilization by no means disappeared with the gradual abandonment of Angkor that began in the fourteenth century, and the book s final chapter describes the conversion of the Khmer to a different kind of Buddhism, the move of the capital downriver to the Phnom Penh area, and the reorientation of the Khmer state to maritime trade.Angkor and the Khmer Civilization presents a concise but complete picture of Khmer cultural history from the Stone Age until the establishment of the French Protectorate in 1863, and is lavishly illustrated with maps, plans, drawings, and photographs Drawing on the latest archaeological research, Michael D Coe brings to life Angkor s extraordinary society and culture.
Angkor and the Khmer Civilization A great deal is now known about the brilliant Khmer civilization that flourished among the monsoon forests and rice paddies of mainland Southeast Asia thanks to the pioneering work of French scholars

  • Title: Angkor and the Khmer Civilization
  • Author: Michael D. Coe
  • ISBN: 9780500284421
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Angkor and the Khmer Civilization”

    1. This is an excellent book. It provides a comprehensive description of what is known about Cambodian (Khmer) history and culture, from its inception to the restoration of the monarchy under Norodom Sihanouk after the Pol Pot Era.In doing so it also describes in conservable detail, with pictures & maps, the "Classic Era" monuments at Angkor, butting them in context, including other temples and palaces of the same era constructed in other parts of the Khmer kingdom. Dr. Michael Coe writes well, [...]

    2. If you are going to Angkor (and God forbid you should be biking there) this a a fine DETAILED historical overview. Dry. You need to be a nutcase for trip preparation OR wild about Khmer civilization to get through it. Very good for what it is. This IS NOT a beach read.

    3. Very disappointed. It was not an easy read and I felt like I was reading a text book. As someone who has dyslexia having it in text book form didn't work for me and I was really looking forward to learning more about this wonderful temple and it's people. Well I will be looking for another book about this subject. I couldn't even finish the book. 😞

    4. Basically a textbook, but an eminently readable one. Coe does a precise job in sharing all the pertinent facts of the Angkor kingdom and essentially primes the reader for a trip to Siem Reab.

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