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Spanning from the first US contacts with Cambodia in the nineteenth century up until the late 1960s and the outbreak of war with Vietnam, this book is the first to systematically explore American relations with Cambodia. A discussion of adventurers, tourists and missionaries initially sets the scene for the analysis of official relations which began in 1950. The book traces how relations with Cambodia's king, Norodom Sihanouk, were often troubled as Sihanouk strove to keep his country out of the Cold War even when pressured by the US to join the battle against communism. Clymer concludes that although American policy could sometimes be surprisingly flexible, the Americans were never able to find a solution that would accommodate Sihanouk's needs with their own Cold War requirements in Southeast Asia. Ultimately the result was the breaking of diplomatic relations in 1965, a breach which lasted four years. The companion volume to this book The United States and Cambodia, 1969-2000 , discusses American relations with Cambodia in the latter part of the twentieth century. Based on extensive archival research in the United States, Australia and Cambodia, this is the most comprehensive ac

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415323321
ISBN-10: 0415323320
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: RoutledgeCurzon
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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