Khmer at Angkor Wat
By Teddy Holappa
Khmer at Angkor Wat Background information
It seemed like Khmer had it all, power, infrastructure, and motivated people. So how did it fall?
Why did this super-city collapse?
Many scholars say that the main cause of the collapse of Khmer was overpopulation, invaders, or even a change of religion. Although these did help the city collapse, they were not main causes.Although Khmer at Angkor Wat was a medieval powerhouse, climate change caused the people to lose faith in their leader which lead the overpopulated society to fall to outside invaders.
People Loose Faith in Their Leader
The Overpopulated City Can't Hold On Anymore
Can We Learn From These Mistakes?
"Did Climate Influence Angkor's Collapse." Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Columbia University, 29 Mar. 2010. Web. 3 Mar. 2014. <https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/did-climate-influence-angkors-collapse>. Reliability- This article is extremely relevant because it talks completely on the topic of the collapse or Angkor and says why it happened. It gives the reader facts about how Angkor started it's collapse, it also explains and experiment they did to make sure that they were correct about climate change. Authority- This website has hight authority. It ends in a .edu so it proves that it is a legitimate source. This is written by a branch of Columbia University, a school that is very high on the totem pole. The entire purpose of this article is to inform the reader and the show what their experiment showed. Point of View- The point of view of this article is not bias and it's ideas or opinions are based only off of facts, but there are some opinions that show what the writers think, but that gives the readers different point of views on what truly caused the fall of Angkor. The only bias in this article is what was the main source of the collapse of Angkor. The point of this article was not to show one's opinion, but to inform based off facts.
Marcus, Joyce, and Ann Arbor. "Climate as a Contributing Factor in the Demise of Angkor, Cambodia." Climate as a Contributing Factor in the Demise of Angkor, Cambodia. PNAS, 26 Feb. 2010. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. <http://www.pnas.org/content/107/15/6748.full>.
Shapiro, Margaret. "Science New: What Happened at Angkor Wat." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2010. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/12/AR2010041203198.html>. Reliability- This source is extremely relevant to the topic of collapse of Angkor Wat. This strictly talks about the reasons for the collapse and the outcomes of those reasons. This article is written strictly to inform the reader on the many reasons why the empire fell. Authority- The authority of this source is very high. This is written by a newspaper much like the New York Times- The Washington Post. This newspaper company has became successful because of their legitimacy. This company has a very high authority. Point of View- The point of view in this article is unbiased and strictly informative. This is a lot like Jared Diamond's book Collapse because it states one big reason why Angkor fell, then all of the other things after that. This article is written strictly to inform.Stone, Richard. "National Geographic Magazine - NGM.com." National Geographic Magazine - NGM.com. National Geographic, July 2009. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. <http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2009/07/angkor/stone-text>. Reliability- This source is extremely relevant to the topic of Angkor's collapse. This article discusses a counter argument to the topic, and clearly explains why the author is correct. This discusses every possible way that Khmer at Angkor Wat could have collapsed, and breaks it down into the most logical reasons. Authority- The authority of this article is very high. This is published by National Geographic, the most highly regarded magazine in the country. This article would not be published by them if it wasn't of great authority. Point of View- The point of view in this article is completely neutral. This article explains the counter-arguments of the author's ideas and then backs up everything the author says with what facts, and even what happened in other countries. This author shows every point of view and then explains why his is correct. This article shows the most logical reason to the collapse of Khmer.