Siam in Mind

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This slim volume takes the reader on a fascinating stroll through Thailand’s intellectual history — the thoughts of the people of Siam, and the products of their thought, through history. It is a series of informal sketches, gleaned over years of historical research and stored away for rumination and reflection by one of the foremost historians of Thailand. Wyatt muses about these pieces of history, revealing some of the creative thinking that has been going on in the minds of ordinary and nameless people as well as great and well-known thinkers in Siam for the past thirteen hundred years.

A variety of new thought — political, religious, and artistic — has arisen in all sorts of contexts: warfare, trade, administration, and farming, to name a few. Collected here is a valuable historical sampling of these new ideas from the many different regions of what we think of today as Thailand.

The author touches upon political and religious thought, but also upon such "artistic" thought as that demonstrated in novels, paintings, and historical writing. It includes both people whom we might think of as conservative and royalist and those who usually are thought of as non-conforming.

University of Washington Press

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Wyatt (history, Cornell U.) has left a profuse trail of books about Thailand. Here he offers an intellectual history of the country and culture, drawing more on his opinion and less on scholarly attribution than is his wont. He explains that if many chapters ring familiar with his regular readers, it is because he continues to grapple with the same issues. Distributed in the US by University of Washington Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789747551723
  • Publisher: Silkworm Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

List of PlatesPrefaceIntroduction"Silver Bullet"RelicsNakhon PhanomAyutthaya and its Neighbors, 1351Men at WarAngkor and Sukhothai, 1430-1450Family PoliticsSun and Planets, Sons and PlantsBorommakot and ChineseThe Linga GardenSexual VariantsEconomic ChangesPolicy Arguments in Chiang MaiThe Bibliophilic MonkThe Wat Phumin ArtistModern HistoriansEducation and ChulalongkornThe Absolute MikadoModernization without DevelopmentSoggy HorseThe PoliticianPast, Present, and Future Siam in MindIndex

University of Washington Press

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