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Historical dictionary of Cambodia
Corfield, Justin J.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2003]

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xlvii, 511 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Editor's foreword (Jon Woronoff) -- Acknowledgments -- Reader's note -- List of acronyms and abbreviations -- Chronology -- Introduction -- The dictionary -- Bibliography -- About the authors.
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DS554.25 .C67 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Chronicling this country's evolution from absolute monarchy in the pre-colonial era up to the semi-democracy of today, this dictionary focuses on the personalities, constitutional dynamics, and major economic developments of the recent Sihanouk, Lon Nol, Pol Pot and Hun Sen administrations.

Author Notes

Justin Corfield teaches history and international studies at Geelong Grammar School, Australia. Laura Summers is Professor, comparative politics and international relations at University of Hull, England.

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The compilers' welcome addition to the brief list of available reference sources on Cambodian history includes politics and some aspects of culture and supplies concise entries concerning many Cambodia-related persons, places, and events. Principal emphasis lies on the politics and political traumas of the postcolonial period (up to 2002), although references to the precolonial and colonial eras are also included. A special strength of the guide is its extensive biographical coverage, including kings, members of the royal family, ministers, politicians, military figures, colonial administrators, and others; up-to-date biographical information is often difficult to find in available sources. The guide includes an introductory essay, a brief chronology, and a selected bibliography without annotations. Additional bibliographic citations, with annotations, are available in Helen Jarvis's Cambodia (CH, Oct'98). The standard guide for information on the varied peoples of mainland Southeast Asia (including Cambodia) is Frank M. Lebar's Ethnic Groups of Mainland Southeast Asia (CH, Jun'65). Additional information about the early iconography of Cambodia may be found in Michael Freeman and Claude Jacques's beautifully illustrated introductory guide to Angkor, Ancient Angkor (Bangkok, 1999). ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General and academic collections. L. S. Dutton emeritus, Northern Illinois University