Unfinished business

Erik W. Davis

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Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition CNRP, in Freedom Park, Phnom Penh, 6 October 2013. Photograph: John Vink.

Hello from Trump’s United States, from one dangerous and unfinished nation to another. Astrid Norén-Nilsson’s Cambodia’s Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy is a lucid presentation of political attempts to embody the Cambodian nation in the Second Kingdom, and provokes insights relevant where I write this, in the USA.

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