Siam in Mind

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Overview


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. David K. Wyatt is the John Stambaugh Professor of History at Cornell University.
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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 (booknews.com)
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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 Plates
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 "Silver Bullet" 3
3 Relics 9
4 Nakhon Phanom 17
5 Ayutthaya and its Neighbors, 1351 21
6 Men at War 27
7 Angkor and Sukhothai, 1430-1450 34
8 Family Politics 39
9 Sun and Planets, Sons and Plants 42
10 Borommakot and Chinese 46
11 The Linga Garden 51
12 Sexual Variants 57
13 Economic Changes 63
14 Policy Arguments in Chiang Mai 67
15 The Bibliophilic Monk 71
16 The Wat Phumin Artist 77
17 Modern Historians 82
18 Education and Chulalongkorn 87
19 The Absolute Mikado 93
20 Modernization without Development 98
21 Soggy Horse 104
22 The Politician 110
23 Past, Present, and Future 115
24 Siam in Mind 118
Index 120
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