Angkor Wat – A Transcultural History of Heritage
Volume 1: Angkor in France. From Plaster Casts to Exhibition Pavilions. Volume 2: Angkor in Cambodia. From Jungle Find to Global Icon
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- First transcultural study of Angkor Wat
- A unique collection of more than 1,000 photographs, architectural plans and samples of public media
- 2 volumes
Aims and Scope
This book unravels the formation of the modern concept of cultural heritage by charting its colonial, postcolonial-nationalist and global trajectories. By bringing to light many unresearched dimensions of the 12th Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat during its modern history, the study argues for a conceptual, connected history that unfolded within the transcultural interstices of European and Asian projects. It discusses the multiple lives of Angkor Wat from its ‘discovery’ in the 19th century, and its physical representations in museums and universal/colonial exhibitions in France, to on-site restoration efforts inside the ‘Archaeological Park of Angkor’, the temple’s canonisation as a symbol of national identity during Cambodia’s decolonisation, and as a global icon of UNESCO World Heritage.