Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.

A Contested Site of Memory: The Preah Vihear Temple1

A Contested Site of Memory: The Preah Vihear Temple1
A contested site of memory: The Preah Vihear Temple1
AurelCroissant and Paul W.Chambers

This chapter presents an analysis of the dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over an eleventh-century Hindu temple situated along the Thai–Cambodian border known as Preah Vihear (in Khmer) or Phra Viharn (in Thai). The authors focus on Thai perceptions of and discourses on this contested site of collective memory, with a view to capturing the historical evolution and contemporary status of perceptions as regards this inter-state heritage and memory-based conflict that has taken on special salience in the context of globalization.


Throughout history, relations between the Southeast Asian kingdoms of Thailand (until 1939 Siam) and Cambodia have been rich in conflict. With their long contiguous boundary, ...

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