The United States and Cambodia, 1870-1969

The United States and Cambodia, 1870-1969 : From Curiosity to Confrontation

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Spanning from the first US contacts with Cambodia in the 19th century up until the late 1960s and the outbreak of war with Vietnam, this book is the first to systematically explore American relations with Cambodia. A discussion of adventurers, tourists and missionaries initially sets the scene for the analysis of official relations which began in 1950.

The book traces how relations with Cambodia's king, Norodom Sihanouk, were often troubled as Sihanouk strove to keep his country out of the Cold War even when pressured by the US to join the battle against communism.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 160.02 x 240.28 x 18.03mm | 476g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415323320
  • 9780415323321

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Encounters; 2. Cambodia: the View from the United States, 1940-54; 3. Arming Cambodia, 1954-57; 4. 1958-60: Troubles; 5. Kennedy and Cambodia; 6. A Casualty of War: The Break in Relations; 7. Prelude to Tragedy: the United States Non-relationship with Cambodia, 1965-69; Abbreviations Used in Notes; Notes; Select Bibliography
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