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Angkor Wat: A Transcultural History of Heritage

Falser, Michael

978 3 11 033572 9
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99.95 EUR

Publication date:
31 October 2018

Short description: 

A publication that conceptualizes Angkor Wat within the modern construct of cultural heritage. It establishes the temple's history from the discovery and its role as a archaeological park by French colonial archaeologists, and as a global icon of contemporary heritage schemes within a newly born Cambodian nation.

Full description: 

This book unravels the formation of the modern concept of cultural heritage by charting its colonial, postcolonial-nationalist and global trajectories. By bringing to light many unresearched dimensions of the 12th Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat during its modern history, the study argues for a conceptual, connected history that unfolded within the transcultural interstices of European and Asian projects. It discusses the multiple lives of Angkor Wat from its `discovery' in the 19th century, and its physical representations in museums and universal/colonial exhibitions in France, to on-site restoration efforts inside the `Archaeological Park of Angkor', the temple's canonisation as a symbol of national identity during Cambodia's decolonisation, and as a global icon of UNESCO World Heritage.


Michael Falser, University of Heidelberg.




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