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France on the Mekong: A History of the Protectorate in Cambodia, 1863-1953, Tully, John A.
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Author Name:    Tully, John A.

Title:   France on the Mekong: A History of the Protectorate in Cambodia, 1863-1953

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    UPA 

ISBN Number:   0761824316 / 9780761824312

Seller ID:   ING9780761824312

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Based on largely unexploited archival sources, France on the Mekong is the first comprehensive history of the colonial era in Cambodia. The book takes as its point of departure Marx's early appraisal of colonialism's "double mission" in Asia. Tully argues that King Norodom's decision to invite in the French in 1863 was a "Faustian bargain" for Cambodia. While the Protectorate did ensure the continued existence of the Cambodian state, and did much to preserve Cambodia's crumbling cultural legacy, the downside was that authoritarian rule was entrenched rather than weakened, and that the country was left seriously underdeveloped when the French left in 1953. Colonialism disturbed the foundations of traditional society, but did not replace them. This was to have disastrous consequences for post-colonial Cambodia a point that the author develops at the end of the book.



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