“Monarchical Manipulation in Cambodia: France, Japan and the Sihanouk Crusade for Independence is a wide-ranging history of the French Protectorate of Cambodia (1863–1954) and the shorter Japanese occupation (1941–45), as well as what Gunn suggests was the manipulation of the Cambodian monarchy by both the French and Japanese. (…) This study is based on largely unexploited archival sources in Australia, Cambodia, France and Japan, showing the author’s great skills in finding historical documentation in Archives, which have only recently been open for research.”