The Rise and Decline of Thai Absolutism
This book examines the development of Thailand from the integration of Siam into the European world economy at the beginning of the nineteenth century, up to the emergence of Thailand as a modern nation state in the twentieth century. It concentrates in particular on the reign of King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910), during which period the state was modernized, the power of the great nobles was subordinated to the state, and a modern bureaucracy and education system were created.
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1 The Siamese state society and the worldeconomies before absolutism
2 The first stage of statebuilding
3 Creating a modern bureaucracy through education
4 Contradictions within the bureaucracy
5 The defence of absolutism
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