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Colonial Law Making: Cambodia Under the French

Author :  Sally Frances Low

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NUS Press, Singapore
ISBN 9789813252448
Format PaperBack
Language English
Year of Publication 2024
Bib. Info xxvi, 250p. Includes Index; Bibliography
Categories History - Legal History
Product Weight 450 gms.
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An important case study in the history of law under colonialism. Covering a previously neglected area of Cambodian history, Colonial Law Making explores the structural forces and contingent exchanges that shaped colonial law in Cambodia and examines its post-independence colonial legacy. The court of King Norodom and the temples of Angkor Wat became orientalist icons in the French colonial imagination, perpetuating an image of the Protectorate (1863–1953) as special and worthy of preservation. This contributed to exceptionalism in the way the Kingdom was colonized, including through law. Drawing on previously unexamined archival material, Sally Low presents a comparative case study of French approaches to colonial law, jurisdiction, and protection. Although the voices of non-elite Cambodians are largely absent from the archives, their influence on colonial law is evident as they resisted efforts to regulate their lives and their land. Low argues that the result was a set of state legal institutions and an indigenous jurisdiction that blended Cambodian and French notions of patronage and royal power as the source and authority for law. This work is a case study of colonial law as an instrument of control and administration in an indirectly ruled colony. It adds depth to our understanding of the impact of European colonial law and the significance of different forms of colonial rule—direct, indirect, and unofficial. It is easily accessible for non-lawyers and is a must-read for those interested in the recent past of Southeast Asia and the countries that were previously colonized as French Indochina.

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1. Law - Cambodia - History - 19th century. 2. Law - Cambodia - History - 20th century. 3. Cambodia - Colonization. 4. Cambodia - History - 1863-1953. 5. France - Colonial - Asia.

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