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TitleA history of Ayutthaya : Siam in the early modern world
Author Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit
ImprintCambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Descript xvii, 325 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

SUMMARY

"Early European visitors placed Ayutthaya alongside China and India as the great powers of Asia. Yet in 1767 the city was destroyed and its history has been neglected. This book is the first study of Ayutthaya from its emergence in the thirteenth century until its fall. It offers a wide-ranging view of social, political, and cultural history with focus on commerce, kingship, Buddhism, and war. By drawing on a wide range of sources including chronicles, accounts by Europeans, Chinese, Persians, and Japanese, law, literature, art, landscape, and language, the book presents early Siam as a 'commercial' society, not the peasant society usually assumed. Baker and Phongpaichit attribute the fall of the city not to internal conflict or dynastic decline but failure to manage the social and political consequences of prosperity. This book is essential reading for all those interested in the history of Southeast Asia and the early modern world"--Provided by publisher


CONTENT

Preface: Ayutthaya in history -- Before Ayutthaya -- Ayutthaya rising -- An age of warfare -- Peace and commerce -- An urban and commercial society -- Ayutthaya falling -- To Bangkok -- Appendix: Lists of kings -- Glossary -- Notes on some major sources


Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (Thailand) -- History Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (Thailand) -- Social conditions Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (Thailand) -- Politics and government Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (Thailand) -- Commerce Thailand -- History -- To 1782 Thailand -- Kings and rulers -- History Thailand -- History Military Buddhism history

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Thailand and ASEAN Information Center (6th Floor)[TAIC] 95775CHECK SHELVES
Central Library (5th Floor)959.3 B167Ha 2017CHECK SHELVES
Arts LibraryDS589.A9 B167H 2017CHECK SHELVES

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