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Siamese Sketches
ISBN :   9789748496238
WL Order Code :    E21721
Price :    US$21.00
Print :   Bangkok 1994, first English trans. of 1901;
Size :   176 pp., fully illus., 150 x 210 mm pbk. Weight  0.310 kg
  Buls, Charles

Siamese Sketches
:(First English translation from 1901)
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This book is the very personal, sometimes controversial, account of the journey the world traveler and former mayor of Brussels, Charles Buls, made to Siam in 1900. Spanning the wide variety of Buls's interests, from the urban Chinese to early agricultural developments in the countryside, this account always surprises. Having been involved with the development of a world city himself, he was better placed than any other contemporary observer to speculate on Siam’s political, economic and social future. He shuns neither highly controversial viewpoints, nor topics, such as the comparative value of religions for a country like Siam, that were bound to bring him into trouble. This book, in which Buls's original account is supplemented by material from his hitherto unpublished diary notes, letters and numerous photographs from Belgian archives, such as those of the inauguration of Dusit Park and the Ayutthaya elephant round-up, is a must for lovers of Fifth Reign history, and of Siam.

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