• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Neolithic communities, probably linked to migration from southeast China, were established by 1000 BC in the Kompong Cham province of eastern Cambodia. From around 300 BC the Indianized Funan kingdom held sway across much of present-day Cambodia with trading links to China, India, the Middle East and Rome. The state of Chenla broke away from Funan control during the 6th century and over the next 300 years its infuence spread to western Cambodia, central Laos and northern Thailand. Cambodia’s southern coast came under Javanese control in the eighth century, forcing Khmer-speaking groups inland. The crowning of Jayavarman II as a deva-raja (or god king) in 802 heralded a long period of regional Khmer domination centred around Angkor.


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Further Reading

  1. Chandler, D. P., A History of Cambodia. 2nd ed. 1996Google Scholar
  2. Etcheson, Craig, After the Killing Fields: Lessons from the Cambodian Genocide. 2005Google Scholar
  3. Gottesman, Evan R., Cambodia After the Khmer Rouge: Inside the Politics of Nation Building. 2004Google Scholar
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  7. Short, Philip, Pol Pot: The History of a Nightmare. 2004Google Scholar
  8. National Statistical Office: National Institute of Statistics, Ministry of Planning, 386 Preah Monivong Blvd, Boeung Keng Kong 1, Phnom Penh.Google Scholar

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