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Title: A political history of Siam under the Prasatthong Dynasty 1629-1688.
Author: Pombejra, Dhiravat na.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University of London
Date of Award: 1994
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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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History History