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A Heritage of Ruins: The Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation

William Chapman


The ancient ruins of Southeast Asia have long sparked curiosity and romance in the world's imagination. This book explores the varied roles these monumental remains have played in the histories of Southeast Asia's modern nations. It shows the close connection between “ruins conservation” and both colonialism and nation building. It also demonstrates the profound impact of European-derived ideas of historic and aesthetic significance on ancient ruins and how these continue to color the management and presentation of sites in Southeast Asia today. The sites all share a relative isolation from mo ... More

Keywords: Southeast Asia, ancient ruins, colonialism, nation building, tourism, art heritage, conservation, architectural heritage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836313
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836313.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Chapman, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa