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The Angkorian World

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ISBN 9780815355953
March 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
920 Pages 161 B/W Illustrations

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Book 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 provide historical and environmental contexts, 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 synthesize 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

Introduction to the Angkorian World

Mitch Hendrickson, Miriam T. Stark, Damian Evans with Roland Fletcher


1 An Environmental History of Angkor: Beginning to End

Dan Penny &Tegan Hall

2 Texts and Objects: Exploiting the Literary Sources in Mediaeval Cambodia

Dominique Soutif & Julia Estève

3 ‘Invisible Cambodians’: Knowledge Production In The History Of Angkorian Archaeology

Heng Piphal, Seng Sonetra & Nhim Sotheavin

4 The Mekong Delta and the Angkorian World before Angkor

Miriam T. Stark & Pierre-Yves Manguin

5 The Early Angkor Capitals

Jean-Baptiste Chevance and Christophe Pottier

6 Angkor’s Multiple Southeast Asia Overland Connections

Kenneth. R. Hall

7 Angkor and China: 9th–15th centuries

Miriam T. Stark & Aedeen Cremin


8 Forests, Palms and Paddy Fields: The Plant Ecology of Angkor

Tegan Hall & Dan Penny

9 Angkor and the Mekong River: Settlement, Resources, Mobility and Power

Heng Piphal

10 Trajectories of Urbanism in the Angkorian World

Damian Evans, Roland Fletcher, Sarah Klassen, Christophe Pottier & Pelle Wijker

11 Angkor's Temple Communities and the Logic of its Urban Landscape

Scott Hawken & Sarah Klassen

12 Angkor as a "Cité Hydraulique"?

Terry Lustig, Jean-Baptiste Chevance & Wayne Johnson


13 Angkorian Law and Land

Tess E. Davis & Eileen Lustig

14 Warfare and Defensive Architecture in the Angkorian World

David Brotherson

15 Āśramas, Shrines and Royal Power

Chea Socheat, Julia Estève, Dominique Soutif & Edward Swenson

16 Education and Medicine at Angkor

Rethy Chhem, Damian Evans, Chhom Kunthea , Phlong Pisith & Peter D. Sharrock


17 Angkor’s Economy: Implications of the Transfer of Wealth

Eileen Lustig, Aedeen Cremin & Terry Lustig

18 The Temple Economy of Angkor

Heng Piphal & Sachchidanand Sahai

19 Angkor’s Agrarian Economy: A Socio-Ecological Mosaic

Scott Hawken & Cristina Cobo Castillo

20 From Quarries to Temples: Stone Procurement, Materiality and Spirituality in the Angkorian World

Christian Fischer, Federico Carò & Martin Polkinghorne

21 Crafting With Fire: Stoneware and Iron Pyrotechnologies in the Angkorian World

Mitch Hendrickson, Ea Darith, Chhay Rachna, Tabata Yukitsugu, Phon Kaseka,

Stéphanie Leroy, Yuni Sato & Armand Desbat

22 Food, Craft and Ritual: Plants from the Angkorian World

Cristina Cobo Castillo


23 Gods and Temples: The Nature(s) of Angkorian Religion

Julia Estève

24 Bodies of Glory: The Statuary of Angkor

Paul A. Lavy & Martin Polkinghorne

25 ‘Of Cattle and Kings’: Bovines in the Angkorian World

Mitch Hendrickson, Eileen Lustig & Siyonn Sophearith

26 An Angkor Nation? Identifying the Core of the Khmer Empire

Ian Lowman, Chhom Kunthea & Mitch Hendrickson

27 The Angkorian House

Alison Carter, Miriam T. Stark, Heng Piphal & Chhay Rachna

28 Vogue at Angkor: Dress, Décor and Narrative Drama

Gillian Green

29 Gender, Status and Hierarchy in the Age of Angkor

Trude Jacobsen Gidaszewski


30 Perspectives on the ‘Collapse’ of Angkor and the Khmer Empire

Damian Evans, Martin Polkinghorne, Roland Fletcher, David Brotherson, Tegan Hall,

Sarah Klassen & Pelle Wijker

31 Uthong and Angkor: Material Legacies in the Chao Phraya Basin, Thailand

Pipad Krajaejun

32 Mainland Southeast Asia after Angkor: On the Legacies of Jayavarman VII

Ashley Thompson

33 Early Modern Cambodia and Archaeology at Longvek

Martin Polkinghorne & Yuni Sato

34 Yama, the God Closest to the Khmers

Ang Choulean

35 Inarguably Angkor

Penny Edwards


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Mitch Hendrickson is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He worked as an archaeologist in northwest Mexico, the Canadian Plains and High Arctic before shifting his focus to Cambodia in 2001. His initial research on the development and role of the Angkorian road system enabled him to develop two on-going projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts on the technological transformation that enabled expansions of the Khmer Empire and understanding religious transition at the site of Preah Khan of Kompong Svay.

Miriam T. Stark is a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA. Her 40-year career includes fieldwork in North America, the Near East, and Southeast Asia; she launched her first field project in Cambodia in 1996. Her Cambodian research, through multiple projects in collaboration with Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, focuses on protohistoric to Angkorian period urbanism, early state formation, and political economy.

Damian Evans is a Senior Research Fellow at the École française d'Extrême-Orient in Paris and an Honorary Associate in the Department of History, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney. He is involved in a diverse array of projects across Southeast Asia encompassing archaeology, heritage, and the earth sciences, and he has initiated and overseen archaeological projects in Cambodia since the late 1990s. His work focuses on using earth observation technologies such as satellite imagery, radar and lidar to understand the relationship between humans and their environments from the deep past to the present day.