Dutch East India Company Merchants at the Court of Ayutthaya: Dutch Perceptions of the Thai Kingdom, Ca. 1604-1765

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BRILL, 2007 - Social Science - 279 pages
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No European country enjoyed such long-standing relations with the Thai Kingdom of Ayutthaya as the Netherlands. This study focuses on the perceptions of the merchants of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) of the Thai royal court in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Basing herself on a wealth of Dutch primary sources, the author shows how trade, politics, and diplomacy shaped a unique relationship based on 'partnership' and a 'sense of differences'. The book contributes to expanding the study of the history of Ayutthaya-known for its scarcity of sources- with the help of contemporary Dutch views.
 

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Contents

The Company and the Court
17
Trade Partners
18
Political Allies
25
Diplomatic Counterparts
29
Conclusion
34
The Company Men and Settlement in Siam
35
Dutch Attitudes to Siamese Law
36
The VOC Men and Siamese Jurisdiction
38
The French and Constantine Phaulkon
122
King Narais Diplomacy
129
The Material World of King Narai
140
King Narais Intellectual World
143
Conclusion
147
Redefining the Relationships The Dutch and the Court of King Phetracha
149
The Palace Revolution of 1688
150
A Mutual Disappointment
155

The VOC Settlement in Siam
41
Conflicts
50
Conclusion
53
Learning the Language of Ritual the Dutch at the Court of King Prasatthong
55
DutchSiamese Diplomatic Exchange
56
The Dutch Embassy 1628
57
De Roijs Embassy 1633
62
Schoutens Embassy 1636
64
Van Vliets Embassy 1641
68
Dutch Observations
70
The Dutch and the Portuguese in 1639
74
Dutch Participation in Siamese Court Ceremonies
83
Conclusion
90
Learning Siams Politics The Case of King Prasatthong
91
The Conflicts of Succession
95
Vassal Rebellions
101
The Kings Men
103
Conclusion
110
Observing King Narais Widening World
111
The VOC and the Conflicts of Succession of 1656
112
The Dutch and King Narais Officials
117
The Talapoin Rebellion of 1689
161
Court Members in Dutch Views
164
The Purge of 1699
169
The Change of the Reign 1703
173
The VOC and King Süa
176
Conclusion
179
Remain or Leave? The Dutch and the EighteenthCentury Siamese Court
180
Dutch Evaluations of King Borommakot
181
The VOC and the EighteenthCentury Siamese Officials
192
The VOC as a Cultural Broker between Siam and Kandy
194
EighteenthCentury Court Politics
199
The Prince Thepphiphit Episode 17601762
208
The Last Decisions of the Dutch
212
Conclusion
218
Conclusion
221
Notes
225
Appendices
261
Bibliography
265
Index
273
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Bhawan Ruangsilp (1971) obtained her MA in European History and German Literature at Tübingen University in 1999, and her doctorate in History at Leiden University in 2007. She is a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Her main interests are the history of Asian-European interactions and pre-modern Thai history.

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