By John Tully
During this concise and compelling historical past, Cambodia’s earlier is defined in bright aspect, from the richness of the Angkorean empire in the course of the darkish a long time of the 18th and early-19th centuries, French colonialism, independence, the Vietnamese clash, the Pol Pot regime, and its present incarnation as a troubled democracy. With lively writing and keenness for the subject, John Tully covers the total sweep of Cambodian background, explaining why this land of contrasts is still an attractive enigma to the overseas group. Detailing the miserable checklist of battle, famine, and invasion that has threatened to ruin Cambodia, this dialogue exhibits its survival to be a testomony to the resilience of the human spirit.
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13 ‘Chinamen’ were increasingly held in abhorrence and it was reported that only the risk of infection saved them from ‘violence at the hands of the unthinking and vengeful among the lower classes’. Despite this risk, ‘hooligan gangs’ in the Rocks area of Sydney used the pretext that they were preventing the spread of smallpox to abuse and assault Chinese passers-by. 15 ‘Out You Go John,You and Your Smallpox’ Illustrated Sydney News, 9 July 1881, p. indd 33 29/08/12 1:45 PM Australia’s Asia Attempts were also made to exclude the Chinese from public spaces and forms of transport.
34 It also found a more ominous motive for the government’s actions, claiming that Parkes was using the Chinese as a scapegoat to cover up a scandalous neglect of public health policy. 35 The Bulletin’s attack on Parkes was echoed by the Australasian Medical Gazette. Its editor, Dr Frederick Milford, described the state of public health in the colony as ‘conspicuous for her wants of medical and sanitary legislation’, being ‘the only one of the group of the Australian colonies which is without a Health Act and a Board of Health’.
A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival (A Short History of Asia series) by John Tully