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Michael Billig provides an immense problem to orthodox conceptions of nationalism during this elegantly written ebook. whereas conventional theorizing has tended to the point of interest on severe expressions of nationalism, the writer turns his recognition to the standard, much less seen types that are neither unique or distant, he describes as `banal nationalism'. the writer asks why humans remember their nationwide identification. He means that in lifestyle nationalism is continually flagged within the media via regimen symbols and conduct of language. Banal Nationalism is important of orthodox theories in sociology, politics and social psychology for ignoring this center function of nationwide identification. Michael Billig argues forcefully that wi

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Angkor in Paris, 1889. L’Illustration. 127 Various objects from the Tonkin and Cambodge pavilions were transferred to Delaporte’s museum the following year, where they joined other recent donations of originals and replicas of Khmer art by colonial administrators. 130 Later that year, the Résident supérieur du Cambodge asked King Norodom to instruct the provincial authorities to supply Raffegeaud with guides and porters, and to give him his royal authorization to make moldings and take certain original pieces from the northern provinces.

Here he joined a new wave of scholar-administrators, among them George Groslier (1887–1945), born in Phnom Penh but schooled in Paris, where he may well have joined the throngs at the 1900 Exposition universelle. These architects of “phantasmatic Indochina”—to use Norindr’s evocative term— were part and parcel of the fantasies they documented in their work and art. Angkor was a key compass point in their own quests to define their identity vis-à-vis the French Métropole and the colonized population.

Despite such obstructions, and the king’s blockade of the transport of a particular collection of original pieces of statuary, Raffegaud nonetheless succeeded in shipping thirty-two cases of monuments from Siem Reap to Saigon. 133 Contemplating Angkor Thom, the former French finance minister declared its builders a “strong, courageous, artistic race” who had “achieved a high degree of civilization” and bore no relation to contemporary Cambodians, who had “erased” them. Overcome with emotion for a “beautiful civilization destroyed, and melancholy at its demise,” Doumer was struck by Angkor’s potential as a tool for educating French youth about the dangers of degeneration and stressed the urgency of doing “everything in our power to prevent [France] .

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