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What did French control of Cambodia look like? How did this ‘Protectorate’ function? What are the origins of Cambodian nationalism? How was life for your average Khmer in the early 20th century? Time Period Covered 1880 – 1938 This episode centres around Cambodian history as the French instigate the colonisation of Indochina. We learn about the early reaction to French rule, as well as the treatment of the Khmer by the imperial power. The assassination of a French official in a rural hamlet also prompts a discussion of the culture of the Khmer living in the areas outside of the major towns and cities. See for map of Cambodia to follow along with. Google Maps Image:,105.3504832,3a,75y,31.37h,93.07t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sSx9PjVJfdOzNPQC_yAq69g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Using Mayko Ebihara’s ‘Svay: A Khmer Village in Cambodia’, Lachlan discusses what living conditions and life itself was like for the majority of Khmer in Cambodia during this time. We also spend time following a young Saloth Sar (Pol Pot) as he moves from a rural setting into the modern city of Phnom Penh in the 1930s. This time period also coincides with the rise of Cambodian nationalism, and this theme is explored in relation to its origins and the career of Son Ngoc Thanh, who will become a key figure in Cambodia’s independence movement. Twitter Size: 93635 kbFile Type: mp3Download File

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