The Rise and Decline of Thai Absolutism

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Psychology Press, Aug 15, 2006 - History - 228 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Siamese state society and the worldeconomies before absolutism
10
2 The first stage of statebuilding
38
3 Creating a modern bureaucracy through education
66
4 Contradictions within the bureaucracy
93
5 The defence of absolutism
126
the first great challenge to absolutism
154
Conclusion
179
Notes
184
Selected bibliography
210
Index
222
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About the author (2006)

Kullada Kesboonchoo Mead teaches at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Her present academic interests lie in the transformations of Southeast Asian political and economic systems. She focuses on Thailand in relation to the world and regional orders.

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