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Thompson, Ashley (2023) 'Mainland Southeast Asia after Angkor: On the Legacies of Jayavarman VII.' In: Hendrickson, Mitch, Stark, Miriam T and Evans, Damian, (eds.), The Angkorian World. London: Routledge.

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The reach of Angkor will always exceed the territorial and temporal delimitation which historians and politicians alike seek to give it; indeed, attempts to pin down dates and borders shed light on the uncontainability of empire which defines empire, so to speak, at its core. This chapter looks beyond Cambodia as we know it today in geographic terms, and beyond the 13th century, to explore legacies of the reign of Jayavarman VII (1181–1220). For its timing, its Buddhist orientation, and its reach and particular investment in sculptural production, this reign left indelible marks across the Southeast Asian mainland. While the focus is on Siam as a privileged if contested Angkorian heir, other mainland polities can be shown to have evolved in otherwise attesting and contesting relations with Angkor. Seen through our prism, ethno-linguistic differences between this or that Post-Angkorian mainland polity can pale in comparison to the shared Angkorian legacies evidenced, with the ancient politico-aesthetic mould at once underpinning and undermining borders even as they are increasingly made to appear natural.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of the History of Art & Archaeology
ISBN: 9780815355953
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in Hendrickson, Mitch, Stark, Miriam and Evans, Damian, (eds.), The Angkorian World. London: Routledge (2023). Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2021 17:13

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