via Phnom Penh Post, 27 May 2020: Angkor Wat: A Transcultural History of Heritage (Amazon affiliate link) by Michael Falser is a massive two-volume work that outlines the history of research in Angkor Wat and the larger Angkor region.
Professor Michael Falser from the Institute of European Art History at Heidelberg University in Germany published a history of Angkor Wat earlier this year titled Angkor Wat: A Transcultural History of Heritage.
The intention of the 1,200-page book, according to Falser, is to shed light on the various iterations of the temple throughout a complicated modern history.
The book has two volumes, Angkor Wat in France: from plaster casts to exhibition in pavilions; and Angkor Wat in Cambodia: from jungle to global icon.
He told The Post that the book intends to analyse the modern period of Angkor Wat as a “global icon of cultural heritage”, a period that spans 150 years from the 19th to 21st centuries and which unfolded as an entangled and shared history between Europe and Asia.