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The Kingdom and People of Siam

The Kingdom and People of Siam
With a Narrative of the Mission to that Country in 1855
2 Volume Set

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Perspectives from the Royal Asiatic Society

  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108056076

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  • Published in two volumes in 1857, this was the most successful work of the linguist and politician Sir John Bowring (1792–1872). His varied career included work as an editor and translator, service as an M.P. in Britain and as a consul in China, and the controversial governorship of Hong Kong. His appointment to this last post in 1854 saw him aggressively assert British interests with little regard for Asian sensibilities. The following year he travelled to Siam (Thailand) to negotiate a treaty with that country which became a model for future agreements, giving the Siamese government an insight into Western diplomacy which would be invaluable. Volume 1 contains chapters on the country's geography and history; population; manners and customs; legislation; resources, industry and finances; culture and religion; and its capital, Bangkok. Volume 2 covers the political make-up of the nation, containing chapters on its dependencies and diplomatic relations.

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    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108056076
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.24kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Geography
    2. History
    3. Population
    4. Manners, customs, superstitions, amusement
    5. Legislation
    6. Natural productions
    7. Manufactures
    8. Commerce
    9. Revenues
    10. Language and literature
    11. Religion
    12. Christian missions to Siam
    13. Bangkok. Volume 2:
    14. Dependencies upon Siam
    15. Diplomatic and commercial relations of western nations with Siam
    16. Personal journal of Sir John Bowring's visit to Siam
    Appendices A-G.

  • Author

    John Bowring

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