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Khmer Language Translations

One of the most pressing problems facing Cambodia’s higher education sector today is the lack of academic texts available in the Khmer language. Addressing this lack becomes even more imperative as many universities, both public and private, offer not only Bachelor’s degrees but also Master’s and Ph.D. degrees.

Almost all of the books used in these graduate programs are in English, and students often do not master the English language sufficiently well to comprehend higher-level academic readings. Thus far, book translations have focused mainly on technical fields. In 2004, the Center for Khmer Study began to address this need by identifying key texts to translate into the Khmer Language.

These books are available to buy at the Center’s offices, and local bookstores in Cambodia. All proceeds will be used to support the the CKS publishing and translation program. An added shipping cost is added to all online book or journal purchases. 

If you would like further information on these works or overseas sales, please contact us

Dancing in Shadows: Sihanouk, the Khmer Rouge, and the United Nations in Cambodia សាក្សីប្រវត្តិសាស្រ្ត

Benny Widyono

This book covers the five years I was in Cambodia as a United Nations official, first as the provincial governor of Siem Reap province under the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), which was tasked in 1992-93 with implementing the Paris Peace Agreements that included free elections; and after that, as the United Nations Secretary General’s Representative in Phnom Penh from 1994-97.

Since that time, Cambodia has returned to political stability and won the confidence of the donor community, who continue to pour in much needed aid in ever increasing amounts. These funds, together with rapidly increasing foreign and domestic private investment, as well as increasing numbers of tourists to Angkor Wat, have fueled an impressive annual economic growth rate over the past ten years of between 7% and 13%. Indeed, Cambodia has now fully joined the roster of Asian nations with astronomical economic growth rates. More than 50% of Cambodia’s population today was born after the Khmer Rouge were ousted from power by the Vietnamese army and a small army of Cambodian rebels in January 1979.

Available at the CKS offices and the main bookstores in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Price : 28,000 Riel / US $7

A History of Cambodia ប្រវត្តិសាស្រ្តខ្មែរ​

David Chandler

Covering roughly 2,000 years of Cambodia’s history, David Chandler’s classic is essential for both scholars and general readers of Cambodian history. Chandler addresses the history of places like Funan and Angkor and attends to more recent political events and figures, such as the French protectorate, independence, King Norodom Sihanouk and the Khmer Rouge period. With support from the Van Waveren Foundation, New York and the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, this crucial reference has been translated, for the first time, into the Khmer Language and is available in Cambodia, at a price that makes it accessible to Cambodians. Already in its second printing, the popularity of this book for Cambodians continues to grow.

Available at the CKS offices and the main bookstores in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Third edition price : 28,000 Riel / US $7

Southeast Asia: An Introductory History

Milton Osborne

Southeast Asia has always been one of the world’s major crossroads, a melting pot of cultures, religions, and peoples. The region has seen the rise and fall of mighty empires, whose god-kings built monumental temples and shrines: the Khmer temples of Angkor in Cambodia, the Javanese Buddhist shrine of Borobudur, or the innumerable pagodas of Burma. It has also been home to great trading states, such as Srivijaya or the Sultanate of Malacca, that reaped huge profits from control of the seas. The prospect of spices and luxury goods enticed Europeans to this part of the world in the sixteenth century. Their early trading posts eventually expanded into colonial empires that were only finally dismantled in the years after World War II. But liberation brought with it problems as well as promise: Indochina became a major theater of the Cold War and experienced massive devastation from which it is still recovering. Milton Osborne covers the history of Southeast Asia from the earliest prehistoric peoples to the emergence of high-tech “tiger economies”, continuing struggles for democracy, and the environmental threat posed by pollution and deforestation. Filled with maps and illustrations, this lively book will appeal to historians, travelers, students, and everyone who wants to know more about this fascinating part of the world.

Available at the CKS offices and the main bookstores in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Price: 28,000 Riel / US $7

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