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Siam and the Siamese
ISBN :   9789747534511
WL Order Code :    E22204
Price :    US$18.00
Print :   Bangkok 2001,
Size :   256 pp., 24 pp. illus., 145 x 205 mm pbk. Weight  0.370 kg
  Lajonquiere, Lunet de

Siam and the Siamese
:Travels in Thailand and Burma in 1904 (First English translation from 1906)
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A remarkably vivid account of a journey by steamboat and canoe, on horseback and elephant back, to the urban centers and border areas of early twentieth-century Thailand and Burma. The spare-time work of a professional archaeologist, this volume would alone merit attention for its kaleidoscopic and richly detailed account of Bangkok. The descriptions of Siam’s former capitals are, however, no less thorough, and the sojourn in Moulmein and Rangoon valuably comments on Britain’s thriving colony. Lajonquière’s trained eye misses little, taking in religion, architecture, history, daily habits, administrative institutions, and even the life of Bangkok’s European community. Indispensable for the specialist, the general reader will find this highly readable travelogue a candid snapshot of the Thai and Burmese at a crucial transitional moment in their movement toward modernity.

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