"The Civilization of Angkor is remarkable and unique in that it delves into the prehistoric roots of the civilization. Higham is THE international authority on southeast Asian archaeology, and presents an up-to-date and provocative synthesis of Angkor."Brian Fagan, author of Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Niño and the Fate of Civilizations, and co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Archaeology.
In blending archaeological and documentary data to chronicle the rise of this important Southeast Asian state, Higham's rich history of Angkor effectively refutes traditional models of state development in the Mekong region and offers insights regarding the nature of Angkor and the processes that led to its emergence."Miriam Stark, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i and editor of The Archaeology of Social Boundaries
Combines archaeological and literary evidence in tracing the rise and abandonment of Angkor (in A.D. 1431. Cambodia's ancient monuments at Angkor are so familiar that we can all chuckle at this comment of a Portuguese author in 1609: 'I confess I hesitate to write this,it appears as fantastic as the Atlantis of Plato.' Yet few of us know much about the civilization's origins. Let Higham fill you in.