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French Presence in Cochinchina and Cambodia:, The
   


ISBN :   9789748438009
WL Order Code :    E21953
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  Osborne, Milton E.

French Presence in Cochinchina and Cambodia:, The
:Rule and Response (1859-1905)
     
   
      

This pioneering study of the first five decades of French colonial presence in southern Vietnam (Cochinchina) and Cambodia has been described as “indispensable” in relation to Cambodia’s history and “fascinating” for its account of the rise of a French-backed Vietnamese elite in Cochinchina. Drawing on previously neglected archival sources in Paris, Phnom Penh and Saigon, the book shows that the effects of French policies were sharply different in the two regions. In southern Vietnam, France’s policy of direct rule created a new and important class of collaborators, men who were ready to work with the French and who gained materially from the colonial presence. In Cambodia by contrast, France preserved the king’s symbolic importance, despite stripping him of real power, a fact that was to be of great importance later in the twentieth century. It deals with a broad range of issues, including administration, law and education, and penning vivid portraits of individuals of great interest, on both sides of the colonial divide.


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