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History and Culture of Cambodia, Prehistory and Early Kingdoms by Sampson Jerry

Early Indianized Kingdom of Funan, Government, Politics, Economy, People of Cambodia.

Archaeological evidence indicates that parts of the region now called Cambodia were inhabited during the first and second millennia B.C. by peoples having a Neolithic culture. By the first century A.D., the inhabitants had developed relatively stable, organized societies, which had far surpassed the primitive stage in culture and technical skills.

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Silk Pocket by Sokha Seng

This story is about Cambodian ancient silk skirts during the 12th and 13th century of Khmer empire time silk was very well known. It was given to Srey Peng grandma and Srey Peng mom. Around 1970’s it was passed to Srey Peng mom to keep it safe and carry over through Khmer Rouge time where nothing is hidden behind the Khmer rouge eyes. Srey Peng mom kept the silk skirt safe for 38 years until 2018 her little girl was turning Six years old and was curious enough.

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Cambodia in Depth by Peace Corps

Cambodia is a history buff’s dream, with rich stories of empire and tyranny over the past 1,000 years. There are a variety of books and websites (some of which are listed in the Resources for Further Information section) that provide excellent summaries of Cambodia’s ancient and recent history. Wikipedia's site (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia) provides a good overview. Cambodia is a successor state of the once-powerful Hindu and Buddhist Khmer Empire, which ruled most of the Indo-Chinese peninsula between the 11th and 14th centuries.

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Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975–1979 by Andrew Mertha

When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in 1975, they inherited a war-ravaged and internationally isolated country. Pol Pot’s government espoused the rhetoric of self-reliance, but Democratic Kampuchea was utterly dependent on Chinese foreign aid and technical assistance to survive. Yet in a markedly asymmetrical relationship between a modernizing, nuclear power and a virtually premodern state, China was largely unable to use its power to influence Cambodian politics or policy.

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Dos & Don'ts in Cambodia by David Hill

Visit Cambodia with our little book of cultural Do’s and Don’ts will guide you through this wonderful land ensuring you emerge in love with the country and its hospitable people.
Our advice might sometimes lead you to suspect that Cambodia is the wild west of Asia where oddballs and eccentrics go off the rails. As Phnom Penh resident Dr. David Hill explains, there are foreign visitors who completely lose their way.

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Violence and the Civilising Process in Cambodia by Roderic Broadhurst,‎ Thierry Bouhours,‎ Brigitte Bouhours

In 1939, the German sociologist Norbert Elias published his groundbreaking work The Civilizing Process, which has come to be regarded as one of the most influential works of sociology today. In this insightful new study tracing the history of violence in Cambodia, the authors evaluate the extent to which Elias's theories can be applied in a non-western context.

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The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam and Ayaan Hirsi Ali

As a girl she was sold into sexual slavery, but now she rescues others.

The story of a Cambodian heroine. Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. Trapped in this dangerous and desperate world, she suffered the brutality and horrors of human trafficking—rape, torture, deprivation—until she managed to escape with the help of a French aid worker.

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You No Buy, You Make Me Sad by William J Wood Jr.

The Khmer Rouge had slaughtered all of our driver's family except for one grandfather. In 2003, I traveled through Thailand and Cambodia with my cousins and their Thai relatives. From Songkran, the national New Year's water fight, to the jungle Angkor temple of Ta Phrom, strangled by massive fig trees, to a meeting in Phnom Penh with a Minister of Justice to discuss the trial of Duch, famed Khmer Rouge killer, to a children's hospital in Siam Reap, to the torture prison of Tuol Sleng, where innocents were tortured before being sent to the Killing Fields, to a strange labyrinth of con men in search of the perfect ruby, I traveled.

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The Land Of The White Elephant by Frank Vincent

In 1871 at age 17 Frank Vincent Jr. dropped out of Yale University and, began "a systematic tour of the most interesting parts of the world." Arriving in Bangkok, Siam, Vincent desired to explore legends of a lost city of temples in the jungle as found in the papers of a Frenchman who had explored the region 10 years earlier, but who did not make it back alive.

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