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A Woman of Angkor

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by Burgess, John
This lovingly crafted first novel by former 'Washington Post' correspondent John Burgess revives the rites and rhythms of the ancient culture that built the temples of Angkor, then abandoned them to the jungle. In telling her tale, Sray takes the reader to a hilltop monastery, a concubine pavilion and across the seas to the throne room of imperial China. She witnesses the construction of the largest of the ...
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China Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868 - 1972

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by Yao, Betty
With over 150 photographs from late 19th century China, including stunning landscapes, architecture and city scenes, intimate portraits of Manchu brides in full wedding costumes and Mandarin officialsin government attire. THIS REVISED EDITION IS IN A NEW MORE ACCESSIBLE FORMAT.
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Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia: A Traveler's Guide Throught History, Ruins and Landscapes

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by Chapman, William
Designed to assist the adventurous visitor to the region, the book is also an armchair traveler's introduction to many of the most historic and visually engaging monuments across seven nations: Indonesia,Vietnam, Cambodia,Thailand, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and Malaysia. In addition to background on and descriptions of individual sites, the guide provides essential tips for travelers and an extensive reading l...
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Thailand's Political History

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by Terwiel/1
First appearing in 2005 and quickly selling out, this fully revised edition of 'Thailand's Political History' continues in the same style as the first but with its scope dramatically widened. Starting earlier than the old edition, 'Thailand's Political History' discusses the development and evolution of the Siamese state from the early Sukhothai period through the fall of Ayutthaya to the rise of the Chakri...
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Burma's Spring

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by Russell, Rosalind
"Rosalind Russell has written an extraordinarily beautiful, comprehensive and compelling story of Burma in a remarkably human way - essential reading for anyone interested in understanding Burma today." Benedict Rogers, author of Burma: A Nation At the Crossroads. "Burma's Spring is like nothing else written about Burma - compelling, charming and unique. No other book I know of has got under the sking of su...
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Yangon Echoes

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by Henderson, Virginia
Yangon Echoes is a popular history of buildings used as homes in Burma's bustling, former capital, charting social space and urban folklore and linking past to present via living memories. This anthology records everyday life through domestic connections to old places and explores the present day significance of Yangon's rich inheritance of built form. Our storytellers speak of joy and tragedy, simple pleas...
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Early Thailand

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by Higham Charles
Dramatic new archaeological discoveries over the past ten years demand a new look at Thailand's past. Drawing on his previous work, Prehistoric Thailand, this book with over 40% new material, covers the history of the kingdom from the first human settlement to the earliest civilisation and gives a fresh appraisal of early hunters and gatherers, and of the rice farmers. A new chronology reveals the dynamic s...
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Ancient Luang Prabang & Laos

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by Heywood, Denise
The first edition of Ancient Luang Prabang was published in 2006, and a critically acclaimed revised edition appeared in 2008. This current edition is a substantially revised and updated work, with new sections added as well as additional photographs and the latest research and traveller information. The sections on the temples in Luang Prabang has been revised and updated and the book now includes other cu...
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Bangkok Found

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by Alex Kerr
Evocative and incisive, Bangkok Found looks deep within traditional culture to discover how Bangkok is like no other contemporary city. It's the book you read after you've seen the temples and enjoyed the nightlife - and then start to wonder where the mysterious appeal of Bangkok really lies. With wit and a wealth of anecdotes from Kerr's thirty years of experience in Thailand, Bangkok Found, sequel to his...
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Early Landscapes of Myanmar

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by Elizabeth Moore
This book describes the emergence of the Buddhist landscapes of Myanmar. The authoritative text is framed by the artefacts, sites and ecology of Upper and Lower Myanmar, with coverage of the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze-iron chiefdoms that preceded Hindu-Buddhist walled polities of the first millennium AD. Views and descriptions of sites, many not published in English before, include Letpanchibaw, Htaukma...
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Sacred Sites of Burma

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by Donald Stadtner
Sacred Sites of Burma, Myth and Folklore in an Evolving Spiritual Realm, by Donald M. Stadtner, is an exploration of the many facets of Buddhism: art, archaeology, history and belief.
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Tai Magic: Arts of the Supernatural

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by Conway, Susan
Within the context of Tai cosmology and numerology, Therevada Buddhism and spirit religion, this lavishly illustrated book examines how good and bad spirits are formulated to bring good luck and protection or to cause bad luck. Extensive field-work studies over a period of four years were conducted in the Shan States (now part of Burma/Myanmar) and in northern Thailand. Using her field notes and photograph...
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Siam: Through the Lens of John Thomson 1865-66

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by Piemmettawat, Paisarn
Legendary Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson (1837-1921) set off for the East in 1862 and over the next ten years undertook numerous journeys to various countries including Siam, Cambodia and China, becoming the first person to photograph Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The photographs from these journeys form one of the most extensive records of any region taken in the 19th century. The range, dept...
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Ruins Of Angkor

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by Louis Finot
When this book was published a century ago, the French, through the l' Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient, were responsible for the temples of Angkor and its environs. At that time, the temples were magnificently photographed by Piere Dieulefils and expertly documented by Louis Finot. Now Angkor is once again seen as one of the world's most magnificent sites, it is fascinating to compare past and present in t...
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Sacred Angkor

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by Rovedo Vittorio
Following the great success of "Khmer Mythology" which examined the narratives and symbolism behind the relief carvings of Angkor Wat and other temples, the author returns to Angkor Wat to focus in depth on the wealth of information contained in the almost 1,000 square metres of magnificent bas-reliefs, the corner pavilions and the pediments.
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The Shan

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by Susan Conway
The culture of the Shan peoples of Burma and their rulers is extensively explored in this volume. Shan courts flourished in the late British colonial period and in this book rare early photographs, never before published, document life in the courts and in the hill regions of Shan dominion. Susan Conway focuses again on dress and the use of textiles in the Shan states, as well as on historical chronicles, t...
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Caves of Northern Thailand

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by Simon Gardner
More caves have been reported in the eight northern provinces of Thailand - Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan and Phrae - than in any other region. The most extensively surveyed area is Pang Ma Pha district in Mae Hong Son province where 176 caves have been recorded. As a result of expeditions by the French many new endemic troglobitic species have been discovered. Accounts...
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The Khmer Empire

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by Claudes Jacques
At its height, the Khmer empire stretched from Angkor in Cambodia as far west as Muang Singh on the border of present-day Burma and Thailand and as far north as Wat Phu on the banks of the Mekong river. Hundreds of temples and thousands of shrines marked the territory of this powerful kingdom. Following on from the great success of "Angkor - Cities and Temples", the renowned scholar and epigraphist, Claude ...
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Rawfully Good - Living Flavours of Southeast Asia

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by Von Cranach/1
Based in Bali, Diana von Cranach has always been a well-known local food explorer and creator of the most incredible food. A few years ago, she took her dedication to good food a step further and decided to begin a journey into the world of raw food using only locally sourced ingredients. Her idyllic and very personal resort Puri Ganesha Villas in North Bali, is one of only a few hotels worldwide to offer a...
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Angkor: History & Temples

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by Jacques, Claudes
The Khmer civilisation centred on Angkor was one of the most remarkable wonders of the ancient world. From the 8th to the 13th centuries, a succession of Hindu and Buddhist kings created magnificent temples in stone, adorned with elaborate carvings. The temples of Angkor have recently been listed in the top three World Heritage Sites by members of the public and all the key temples of Angkor are included he...
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