Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land
PublicAffairs, 2011 M04 12 - 416 páginas
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes how Cambodia emerged from the harrowing years when a quarter of its population perished under the Khmer Rouge. A generation after genocide, Cambodia seemed on the surface to have overcome its history -- the streets of Phnom Penh were paved; skyscrapers dotted the skyline. But under this façe lies a country still haunted by its years of terror. Although the international community tried to rebuild Cambodia and introduce democracy in the 1990s, in the country remained in the grip of a venal government. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley learned that almost a half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era suffered from P.T.S.D. -- and had passed their trauma to the next generation. His extensive close-up reporting in Cambodia's Curse illuminates the country, its people, and the deep historical roots of its modern-day behavior.
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Unlike Hun Sen, the first kings of Angkor, the Khmer kingdom, knew how to use
their elephants. Angkor was a fullfledged regional power dating back to the time
of Jayavarman II, who first unified the Khmer kingdom in the ninth century AD.
These palaces and shrines are all that remain of Angkor today—a vast
monument to slave labor. Most famous among them is Angkor Wat, built in the
early twelfth century. Though it was at first dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, ...
Angkor's lifeblood was rice. The kings of Angkor built large reservoirs and
complex irrigation canals for the farmers. After all, rice was the source of the kings
' wealth, and, as Zhou reported, the irrigation allowed the farmers to grow three or
Historians believe the Angkor empire began to decline in the fifteenth century. It
had reigned longer than the Roman Empire. Though no one knows exactly why
Angkor lost its way, theories abound. Most likely, the city outgrew its ability to ...
Yet as the Angkor empire died, Cambodia lost its soul. Until just five hundred
years ago, it had been a great nationstate—strong, confident, powerful, respected
, and feared. But as the state declined, its kings became helpless, even pathetic,
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - zmagic69 - LibraryThing
Great book, providing a high level overview of Cambodia. From the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, to Vietnam taking over the country in 1979, to the UN getting involved. The primary focus of the ... Leer comentario completo
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
Cambodia - one of the worst suffering lands in Asia, comparable in some areas only to Burma or North Korea. The author does a good job at chronicling the sufferings of the people - corruption, famine ... Leer comentario completo