A political history of Siam under the Prasatthong Dynasty 1629-1688.
This thesis will deal with the history of Siam during
the years of the Prasatthong Dynasty, 1629-1688. The first,
and shorter, section will describe and analyse certain Thai
political and social institutions within a strictly seventeenth
century context, using in the main European primary
sources. The topics to be covered are: the monarchy, the
princes, the officials, the freemen and NslavesN, foreign
communities, and the Buddhist monkhood.
The second section of the thesis is a chronological
survey of Siamese history from c.1628 to 1688. It begins
by describing the usurpation of the throne by Okya Siworawong,
who became King Prasatthong and reigned from 1629 to 1656.
The political consequences of the usurpation and the means
by which Prasatthong consolidated his power will be analysed.
Siam's relations with tributary states and other foreign
countries will also be dealt with. The rest of the second
section consists of chapters on the succession disputes of
1656 and 1688, and the long reign of Prasatthong's son Narai
(reigned 1656-1688). This account of Narai's reign will
concentrate more on the court and on Siamese policies and
reactions than on the well-known activities of European
traders and missionaries. The bulk of the source material
for this second section is provided by the archives of the
Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie).
English, French, and Thai sources have also been used.