This ebook unravels the formation of the brand new idea of cultural Historical past Through charting its colonial, postcolonial-nationalist and world trajectories. Through bringing to mild many unresearched dimensions of the 12th-century Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat right through its brand new historical past, the look at argues for a conceptual, attached historical past that spread out throughout the transcultural interstices of Ecu and Asian tasks. With greater than 1,400 black-and-white and color illustrations of historical images, architectural plans and samples of public media, the monograph discusses the a couple of lives of Angkor Wat over a one hundred fifty-12 months-lengthy duration from the 1860s to the 2010s.

Volume 1 (Angkor in France) reconceptualises the Orientalist, French-colonial ‘discovery’ of the temple within the 19th century and brings to mild the manifold methods at play in its bodily representations as plaster solid substitutes in museums and as hybrid pavilions in common and colonial exhibitions in Marseille and Paris from 1867 to 1937.

Volume 2 (Angkor in Cambodia) covers, for the primary time on this intensity, the more than a few on-website recovery efforts within the ‘Archaeological Park of Angkor’ from 1907 till 1970, and the temple’s slow canonisation as an emblem of nationwide id right through Cambodia’s difficult decolonisation (1953–89), from independence to Khmer Rouge terror and Vietnamese career, and, in the end, as an international icon of UNESCO Global Historical past seeing that 1992 till as of late.