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Cambodia's Angkor Temples as a Military Prize: The World War II Experience

Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12:30pm

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Part of the Ronald and Janette Gatty Lecture series

John Burgess, independent author and journalist, former Washington Post journalist and author of Angkor's Temples in the Modern Era: War, Pride, and Tourist Dollars

Angkor, capital of the Khmer Empire for close to six centuries, has had a rich and varied history since the French reintroduced it to the outside world in the 1860s. Amateur archaeology, steamboat tourism, the temples’ emergence as a symbol of the Cambodian nation, and repeated military struggles for control of the site have shaped its past century and a half. Angkor’s ability to draw people from beyond Cambodia’s borders has resulted in conservation and economic gain but also in conflicts, both among the foreigners and with Cambodians for whom Angkor was and is home.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Asian Studies, History, Southeast Asia Program, Asian & Asian American Center



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