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An Economic History of Cambodia in the Twentieth Century

The course of economic change in twentieth century Cambodia was marked by a series of deliberate "conscious human efforts" that were typically extreme and ideologically driven. While colonization, protracted war and violent revolution are commonly blamed for Cambodia's failure to modernize its economy in the twentieth century, Margaret Slocomb's Economic History of Cambodia in the Twentieth Century questions whether these circumstances changed the underlying structures and relations of production. She also asks whether economic factors in some way instigated war and revolution. In exploring these issues, the book tracks the erratic path taken by Cambodia's political elite and earlier colonial rulers to develop a national economy. The book closes around 2005, by which time Cambodia had be reintegrated into both the regional and into the global economy as a fully-fledged member of the World Trade Organization.
 To document Cambodia's path towards a modern economy, the author draws on resources from the State Archives of Cambodia not previously referenced in scholarly texts. The book provides information that is academically important but is also relevant to investors, aid workers and development specialists seeking to understand the shift from a traditional to a modern market economy.

368 pages | 6 x 9

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

Economics and Business: Economics--Development, Growth, Planning, Economics--History

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures and Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1 The Colonial Economy, 1863-1953
Chapter 2 Post-Independence Economic Change, 1953-69
Chapter 3 The Wartime Economy, 1970-75
Chapter 4 The Revolutionary Economy, 1975-89
Chapter 5 Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, 1990-c. 2000
Conclusion Economic Outlook for the Twenty-first Century
Selected Bibliography

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