Angkor Wat: A Transcultural History of Heritage by Michael Falser

This book unravels the formation of the modern concept of cultural heritage by charting its colonial, postcolonial-nationalist and global trajectories. By bringing to light many unresearched dimensions of the 12th Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat during its modern history, the study argues for a conceptual, connected history that unfolded within the transcultural interstices of European and Asian projects.

It discusses the multiple lives of Angkor Wat from its ‘discovery’ in the 19th century, and its physical representations in museums and universal/colonial exhibitions in France, to on-site restoration efforts inside the ‘Archaeological Park of Angkor’, the temple’s canonisation as a symbol of national identity during Cambodia’s decolonisation, and as a global icon of UNESCO World Heritage.

 

Book Details
Title: Angkor Wat: A Transcultural History of Heritage
Author: Michael Falser
ISBN-10: 3110335727
ISBN-13: 978-3110335729
Publisher: De Gruyter
Length: 800 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.3 x 11 inches
Weight: 1.7 pounds
File Size (Kindle): TBA

 

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