The Angkor Civilization
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The paper explores the literature on the Angkor civilization and looks at its beginnings, culture, ethnic groups and structures. The paper finds that Angkor was an enormous, vast civilization that was impressive and, in this author's opinion, is worth students learning more about. The paper posits that the Cambodian society must ensure that never again will a bloodthirsty mass killer like Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge be allowed to destroy the important history of Cambodian culture.
From the Paper:"HE Son Soubert argues that the civilization of Angkor did not begin in the ninth century, as Sheehan asserted earlier on this paper. Soubert, writing in the journal Museum, claims the Angkor civilization began to flourish well before that date - although he does agree with Sheehan on the date of the destruction and abandonment of the capital city, Angkor Thom (1432). According to Soubert, the it "might...be more correct" to refer to "the successive civilizations of Angkor" (Soubert, 2002, p. 76). A museum of civilizations, which Soubert is writing about, will struggle with a time line for the Angkor civilization because there are several possible ways to describe the era of the Angkor.
"Soubert agrees that the most common time frame for this civilization is the one that French scholars are credited with - roughly 802 A.D. to 1432 - and it is said to have been launched thanks to the advent of King Jayavarman II. The king who was on duty during the demise of the city was King Preah Ponhea Yat, Soubert explains (p. 78). He adds that the ancestors of the Angkor people arrived well before the estimated 802 A.D. date. He explains that geographical territory the Angkor civilizations occupied in their most powerful epoch was enormous; it stretched between India and China, including what today is Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, Soubert continues (p. 78)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Duiker, William J., and Spielvogel, Jackson J. World History, Volume 1. Florence, KY: Cengage Learning, 2006.
- Higham, Charles. The Civilization of Angkor. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press,2004.
- Higham, Charles, and Thosarat, Rachanie. "The origins of the civilization of Angkor."Antiquity, 74.283 (2000): p. 27.
- Hirst, Kris K. "Angkor: Urban Settlement of Southeast Asia." About.com. Retrieved Nov. 23,2010, from http://archaeology.about.com/od/angkorwatcambodia/qt/angkor.htm.
- Sheehan, Sean, and Cooke, Barbara. Volume 12 of Cultures of the World. Tarrytown, NY:Marshall Cavendish, 2007.
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