Cambodia - Research Article from Governments of the World

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History

Ancient Cambodian history was influenced by Indian culture and civilization in terms of arts, religion, language, and architecture. With these influences, the Khmer were able by the ninth century to build the most powerful and sophisticated empire in Southeast Asia. Temple complexes, of which the most famous are Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, stand as evidence of the greatness of Khmer civilization. The empire lasted for over four centuries and controlled much of mainland Southeast Asia.

By the middle of the thirteen century, the empire fell and subsequent domestic turmoil and constant invasions by the Thais and the Vietnamese pushed Cambodia to near extinction as a sovereign entity by the nineteenth century. Cambodia became a French protectorate in 1863 and was ruled as a French colony until 1953.

To legitimize its rule over Cambodia, the French preserved Cambodia's monarchical institution, although severely limiting its power. In the early 1950s, sensing...

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