- a republic in SE Asia: formerly part of French Indochina. 69,866 sq. mi. (180,953 sq. km). Capital: Phnom Penh.
Formerly People's Republic of Kampuchea, Khmer Republic.
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Compared with neighbors Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos, Cambodia appears to have a blossoming civil society.
Strangio is at his best when exposing what appears to be a flourishing civil society in Cambodia.
Cambodia, with its seemingly free press, is also a haven for foreign journalists.
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Like so much of modern Cambodia, these individuals appear to be haunted by their past.How Famines Make Future Generations Fat
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Then you think we shall have weather like this all the way to Point Cambodia?
I doubt if we get it any rougher than this on the voyage to Cambodia Point.
In 1882 new territory was acquired in Annam and, in 1884, Cambodia.
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In Cambodia, after the expulsion of devils (diabolo-fugium), gambling is universal.Magic and Religion
- a country in SE Asia: became part of French Indochina in 1887; achieved self-government in 1949 and independence in 1953; civil war (1970–74) ended in victory for the Khmer Rouge, who renamed the country Kampuchea (1975) and carried out extreme-radical political and economic reforms resulting in a considerable reduction of the population; Vietnamese forces ousted the Khmer Rouge in 1979 and set up a pro-Vietnamese government who reverted (1981) to the name Cambodia; after Vietnamese withdrawal in 1989 a peace settlement with exiled factions was followed in 1993 by the adoption of a democratic monarchist constitution restoring Prince Sihanouk to the throne. The country contains the central plains of the Mekong River and the Cardamom Mountains in the SW. Official language: Khmer; French is also widely spoken. Currency: riel. Capital: Phnom Penh. Pop: 15 205 539 (2013 est). Area: 181 000 sq km (69 895 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for cambodia
from Kambu, legendary ancestor of the people. Related: Cambodian.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Part of French-ruled Indochina until 1946, it then became self-governing. It was granted full independence in 1953.
The Japanese occupied Cambodia during World War II.
It was a major battleground of the Vietnam War.
In 1979, Vietnam invaded Cambodia and installed a puppet government. In 1989, Vietnamese troops withdrew from Cambodia.
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