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29 June 2007

Two books on trade & trade routes in 19th c. Thailand

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Phokha wua tang : phubukboek kankhakhai nai muban Phak Nua khong Prathet Thai, Pho.So. 2398-2503 / Chusit Chuchat.
• Merchants--Thailand, Northern--History.
• Trade routes--Thailand, Northern--History.
• 10, 116 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
• Chiang Mai : Sun Suksa Phumpanya Thongthin, 2545 [2002]
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Exhibition catalogues' section
‘Siam in Trade and War — Royal Maps of the Nineteenth Century’ will be staged at the Jim Thompson Centre for the Arts, Soi Kasemsan 2 (BTS Station National Stadium), from January 28 until March 31, 2006, 9 am. to 5 pm.
James H W Thompson Foundation
Supicha Theerasenee
Tel: 66 (0) 2216-7368
Chutima Pengsuth
Tel: 66 (0) 2762-2564
"In 1995, 17 large hand-drawn and hand-colored maps were discovered rolled up in a cupboard in the Princess Abhantri Paja Mansion in the Grand Palace. These long-lost treasures record cartographically Siamese warfare and trade during the first three reigns of the Bangkok period (1782-1851). They were at once taken to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who realizing their importance, undertook conservation work.

Works of art in themselves, the maps are full of historical and landscape detail which provide a wealth of material for historians and geographers of Southeast Asia. They depict the routes of war with the Burmese and trade with China, including extensive details of towns and villages, forts, religious places, ethnic minorities, plants and animals, population, distance and traveling time, and even historical events in some particular areas. Focusing on Siam and on her immediate neighbors, the collection also includes a remarkable four-metre long coastal map covering the area from peninsular Malaysia to Korea. Following their discovery, the maps were cleaned, restored and finally housed at the personal library of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Siam in Trade and War: Royal Maps of the Nineteenth Century also features illustrations of a fascinating collection of weapons, sacred shirts, manuscripts, Chinese porcelain and other traded goods to reflect the dual themes of war and trade.

The discovery of the maps and subsequent research carried out by Dr Santanee Phasuk, under the supervision of Professor Philip Stott, shed new light on the concerns faced by the early kings of the Chakri dynasty and overturn conventional views on indigenous cartography in Southeast Asia.
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See also
Hans-Dieter Evers, Rüdiger Korff and Suparb Pas-Ong. 1987. Trade and State Formation: Siam in the Early Bangkok Period
Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 21, No. 4. (1987), pp. 751-771.

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