Course Details

971: The Angkor Temples of Cambodia in the Modern Era: War, Pride, and Tourist Dollars

February 7-10
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

This course will have four parts, each illustrated with photographs. Part one will present the history, culture, and architectural accomplishments of the empire that ruled much of Southeast Asia from roughly 800 AD to 1450 AD. Part two will explore efforts to recover Angkor’s largely lost history through archaeological digs, aerial surveys, and the decoding of inscription stones. Part three will highlight work to protect the temples from the grave threats of invasive foliage, art theft, and shortcomings in design. Part four will examine the temples as a symbol of the modern Cambodian nation, military conflict around them during the country's three decade-long war, and their transformation in recent years into a magnet for tourists. This study group has a high class size capacity.

Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

John Burgess

John Burgess is the author of five books about Cambodia’s Angkor civilization, builder of the world-famous Angkor Wat, and other stone monuments. He first saw the temples as a teenager in 1969. Following a career at The Washington Post, he researched the ancient and modern history of Angkor in Cambodia, France, and the US.