The Angkorian World

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No. of pages:686 pages
Size:246x174 mm
Illustrations: 161 Illustrations, black & white; 161 Halftones, black & white; 20 Tables, black & white
Short description:

The Angkorian World explores the history of Southeast Asia?s largest ancient state from the first to mid-second millennium CE.

Long description:

The Angkorian World explores the history of Southeast Asia?s largest ancient state from the first to mid-second millennium CE. Chapters by leading scholars combine evidence from archaeology, texts, and the natural sciences to introduce the Angkorian state, describe its structure, and explain its persistence over more than six centuries.

Comprehensive and accessible, this book will be an indispensable resource for anyone studying premodern Asia. The volume?s first of six sections provides historical and environmental contexts and discusses data sources and the nature of knowledge production. The next three sections examine the anthropogenic landscapes of Angkor (agrarian, urban, and hydraulic), the state institutions that shaped the Angkorian state, and the economic foundations on which Angkor operated. Part V explores Angkorian ideologies and realities, from religion and nation to identity. The volume?s last part reviews political and aesthetic Angkorian legacies in an effort to explain why the idea of Angkor remains central to its Cambodian descendants. Maps, graphics, and photographs guide readers through the content of each chapter. Chapters in this volume synthesise more than a century of work at Angkor and in the regions it influenced.

The Angkorian World will satisfy students, researchers, academics, and the knowledgeable layperson who seeks to understand how this great Angkorian Empire arose and functioned in the premodern world.

Table of Contents:

Prologue: An Introduction to the Angkorian World; PART I: CONTEXTS; 1 An Environmental History of Angkor: Beginning and End;  2 Texts and Objects: Exploiting the Literary Sources in Mediaeval Cambodia;  3 ?Invisible Cambodians?: Knowledge Production in the History of Angkorian Archaeology;  4 The Mekong Delta Before the Angkorian World;  5 The Early Capitals of  Angkor;  6 Angkor?s Multiple Southeast Asia Overland Connections; 7 Angkor and China: 9th?15th Centuries;  PART II: LANDSCAPES;  8 Forests, Palms, and Paddy Fields: The Plant Ecology of Angkor;  9 Angkor and the Mekong River: Settlement, Resources, Mobility, and Power;  10 Trajectories of Urbanism in the Angkorian World;  11 Angkor's Temple Communities and the Logic of Its Urban Landscape;  12 Angkor as a "Cité Hydraulique"?;  PART III: STATE INSTITUTIONS;  13 Angkorian Law and Land;  14 Warfare and Defensive Architecture in the Angkorian World;  15 ?śramas, Shrines, and Royal Power;  16 Education and Medicine at Angkor;  PART IV: ECONOMIES;  17 Angkor?s Economy: Implications of the Transfer of Wealth;  18 The Temple Economy of Angkor;  19 Angkor?s Agrarian Economy: A Socio
-Ecological Mosaic;  20 From Quarries to Temples: Stone Procurement, Materiality, and Spirituality in the Angkorian World;  21 Crafting With Fire: Stoneware and Iron Pyrotechnologies in the Angkorian World;  22 Food, Craft, and Ritual: Plants From the Angkorian World;  PART V: IDEOLOGIES AND REALITIES;  23 Gods and Temples: The Nature(s) of Angkorian Religion;  24 Bodies of Glory: The Statuary of Angkor;  25 ?Of Cattle and Kings?: Bovines in the Angkorian World;  26 An Angkor Nation? Identifying the Core of the Khmer Empire;  27 The Angkorian House;  28 Vogue at Angkor: Dress, Décor, and Narrative Drama;  29 Gender, Status, and Hierarchy in the Age of Angkor;  PART VI: AFTER ANGKOR;  30 Perspectives on the ?Collapse? of Angkor and the Khmer Empire;  31 Uthong and Angkor: Material Legacies in the Chao Phraya Basin, Thailand;  32 Mainland Southeast Asia after Angkor: On the Legacies of Jayavarman VII;  33 Early Modern Cambodia and Archaeology at Longvek;  34 Yama, the God Closest to the Khmers;  35 Inarguably Angkor