By John Tully
During this concise and compelling historical past, Cambodia’s earlier is defined in brilliant element, from the richness of the Angkorean empire in the course of the darkish a long time of the 18th and early-19th centuries, French colonialism, independence, the Vietnamese clash, the Pol Pot regime, and its present incarnation as a troubled democracy. With lively writing and keenness for the subject, John Tully covers the entire sweep of Cambodian heritage, explaining why this land of contrasts continues to be a fascinating enigma to the foreign group. Detailing the miserable checklist of struggle, famine, and invasion that has threatened to damage Cambodia, this dialogue exhibits its survival to be a testomony to the resilience of the human spirit.
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Material goods are not the only resource that can be spent to develop political support. Another effective but less costly type of investment that complements financial contributions is the symbolic display of solidarity with the community. An elite can build support by engaging in public demonstrations of respect for local traditions and concern for the welfare of the community’s members. This may entail frequenting venues where ordinary people interact and accrue social capital, such as community centers or religious sites.
63. Popkin, Rational Peasant; Craig Jackson Calhoun, “The Radicalism of Tradition and the Question of Class Struggle,” in Rationality and Revolution, ed. Taylor, 129–175; Michael Taylor, “Rationality and Revolutionary Collective Action,” in Taylor, Rationality and Revolution, 63–97; Will Moore, “Rational Rebels: Overcoming the Free-Rider Problem,” Political Research Quarterly 48, no. 2 (1995): 417–54; Kurt Schock, Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005).
Minister, deputy minister); position in parliament (where selection is independent of the executive, such as in Kyrgyzstan); or close family connections to a member of any of the first three categories. 9. Defectors from a regime coalition can also be considered independent and elite if, after defecting, they retain significant assets that are under their discretionary control. 10. Independent elites in this scenario share the predicament of the middle class (as explained in works by Carles Boix and Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson), which acts as a buffer between the rich (seen as coterminous with the ruling class) and the poor.
A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival (A Short History of Asia series) by John Tully