How did the French affect Cambodia?

The French did not exert much influence on Cambodia as they did in Vietnam and Khmer still remained widely taught and spoken in Cambodia as French was only limited to politicians. … Despite its strong presence in the government and education, French declined earlier and heavier in Cambodia than in Vietnam and Laos.

When did Cambodia gain independence from France?

France granted Cambodia internal autonomy on January 4, 1946. Seven French soldiers were killed in violence in Siem Reap province on August 7, 1946. Parliamentary elections were held on September 1, 1946, and the Democratic Party (Pak Pracheatipatey) won a majority of the seats in the National Assembly.

What religion is practiced in Cambodia?

Cambodia is predominantly Buddhist with 80% of the population being Theravada Buddhist, 1% Christian and the majority of the remaining population follow Islam, atheism, or animism. Buddhist nun at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Why did Vietnam invade Cambodia?

Vietnam launched an invasion of Cambodia in late December 1978 to remove Pol Pot. Two million Cambodians had died at the hands of his Khmer Rouge regime and Pol Pot’s troops had conducted bloody cross-border raids into Vietnam, Cambodia’s historic enemy, massacring civilians and torching villages.

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