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Angkor and the Khmer Civilization : Ancient Peoples and Places - Michael D. Coe

Angkor and the Khmer Civilization

Ancient Peoples and Places

Paperback Published: 17th February 2005
ISBN: 9780500284421
Number Of Pages: 240

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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-Buddhist empire from AD 802 for more 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.

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Prefacep. 7
Chronological Tablep. 10
Introductionp. 11
The age of 'discovery'p. 12
The Mekong Exploration Commissionp. 14
The age of EFEOp. 16
The ancient Khmer Empirep. 17
The rebirth of Khmer archaeologyp. 18
Periodsp. 19
The Settingp. 21
The Lower Mekong Basinp. 21
The regionsp. 23
Flora and faunap. 27
Rice: the Khmer staff of lifep. 29
Peoples and Languagesp. 33
Cambodian genesisp. 33
The peopling of Southeast Asiap. 33
Languages: the big picturep. 34
The Khmer languagep. 38
Writingp. 39
Who are the Khmer?p. 40
The Khmer Before Historyp. 43
Hunters and gatherersp. 43
The Early Farming periodp. 45
The diffusion of rice and village lifep. 46
Iron Age chiefdoms (c. 500 BC to c. AD 200-500)p. 48
The circular earthworks puzzlep. 49
The 'red soils' earthworksp. 50
Rock paintingsp. 54
The Khmer before the great transformationp. 55
Winds of Change: The Early Kingdoms Periodp. 57
'Funan' and 'Zhenla'p. 57
The Delta chiefdomsp. 61
Hands across the seap. 62
Indianizationp. 63
Oc Eo and early maritime contactsp. 64
From chiefdoms to kingdomsp. 68
Angkor Boreip. 70
Sambor Prei Kukp. 73
Banteay Prei Nokorp. 75
Wat Phup. 76
The bronzes of Prakhon Chaip. 78
Special section: Hinduismp. 76
Special section: Buddhismp. 85
The Classic Angkor Period: From Kingdom to Empirep. 97
The founding of the Khmer Empirep. 97
Special section: Dynastic succession in Cambodiap. 100
Hariharalaya: a proto-Angkorp. 101
The 'Glory-bearing City': the founding of Angkorp. 102
Interlude at Koh Kerp. 107
Disruption and rebirthp. 109
Special section: Banteay Sreip. 110
'Protected by the Sun': the triumph of Suryavarmanp. 112
The Baphuon and the building of Phimaip. 114
Suryavarman II, builder of Angkor Watp. 116
Special section: Angkor Watp. 117
Disasterp. 122
Rebirth of the empire: Jayavarman VIIp. 122
Reaction and iconoclasmp. 128
On the evep. 130
The Life and Culture of Classic Angkorp. 131
The sourcesp. 131
The divisions of Classic Khmer societyp. 133
Administration of the city and empirep. 135
Law and order in ancient Angkorp. 144
The economyp. 145
Communications and transportationp. 151
Architecture and the building tradep. 155
Arts and craftsp. 158
Daily life in ancient Angkorp. 173
Entertainment and the performing artsp. 179
Classic Khmer ritual lifep. 183
Warfare and the militaryp. 185
Thought and culture in Classic Angkorp. 188
Angkor: city and statep. 191
The Post-Classic Period: Decline and Transformationp. 195
The collapse of Classic Angkorp. 196
The sourcesp. 197
Theravada Buddhism and its meaning for Cambodiap. 201
Angkor as a Theravada Buddhist complexp. 204
Geopoliticsp. 205
The course of Post-Classic historyp. 208
Post-Classic society and administrationp. 213
Trade and commercep. 219
Post-Classic warfarep. 219
The art of the Post-Classicp. 220
Mental life in Post-Classic Cambodiap. 222
Epiloguep. 224
Rulers of the Khmerp. 225
Visiting Angkorp. 226
Notes to the Textp. 226
Further Readingp. 230
Sources of Illustrationsp. 234
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780500284421
ISBN-10: 0500284423
Series: Ancient Peoples and Places
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 17th February 2005
Publisher: THAMES & HUDSON
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.76  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition