Angkor and the Khmer CivilizationPaperback Ancient Peoples and Places
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- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 240 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 241mm x 15mm | 612g
- Publication date: 17 February 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0500284423
- ISBN 13: 9780500284421
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
- Sales rank: 328,784
The Classic-period kings ruled over the Khmer empire from AD 802 for more than five centuries, and this book, newly available in paperback, examines the massive architectural achievements of this period, including the huge capital city of Angkor, with the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious structure. It also draws attention to the imperial road system that bound together the region's provincial centres. The gigantic hydraulic system, still a source of controversy, is believed by many to have provided the agricultural basis of Angkor's grandeur and power, and its nature and function are discussed here. The final chapter describes the Post-Classic period that set the stage for the entry of the Khmer into the modern era.
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Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. Among his many other books are The Maya, Breaking the Maya Code, Reading the Maya Glyphs, Mexico and, with Sophie Coe, The True History of Chocolate.
"A dangerously seductive book: I found myself starting to read it within a few minutes of picking it up, and I couldn't stop until I had reached the last page."
Anyone that is packing their bags and heading to Cambodia should be sure to leave space for a copy of Michael Coe's excellent guide. His informative, concise exploration of the Khmer empire serves both as a perfect practical handbook to have to hand while visiting the monuments - including a few off the beaten track - and also a book to dwell on at greater length. The book is packed with illustrations, but it does seem a great shame to only have 8 pages of colour. Still, this is fascinating, brilliantly-researched and presented history that should find a place on the bookshelves of anyone with a real interest in Angkor Wat and Cambodia's other architectural treasures. (Kirkus UK)
Table of contents
1. Introduction; 2. The Setting; 3. Peoples and Languages; 4. The Khmer before History; 5. Winds of Change: The Early Kingdoms Period; 6. The Classic Angkor Period: From Kingdom to Empire; 7. The Life and Culture of Classic Angkor; 8. The Post-Classic Period: Decline and Transformation; List of Rulers; Notes; Further Reading