Studies in Thai Historyby David K. Wyatt
Preeminent Southeast Asian scholar David Wyatt brings together in this one rich volume all of his major early articles, many of which readers may not have had the privilege of reading and enjoying. The 18 pieces, reprinted from articles written between 1963 to 1988, cover the captivating journey of Thai history from early Siam up to the origins of modern Thailand, through the "family politics" of the Ayudhya and Bangkok periods, the so-called "First Reign," the fascinating and complicated history of relationships between Siam and Laos, and the dramatic reign of King Chulalongkorn. It is written in the definitive, readable, and authoritative style of one of the most highly regarded researchers in the field.
DAVID K. WYATT was the John Stambaugh Professor of History at Cornell University for many years until his retirement. He was considered one of the foremost authorities on Thai history and was highly respected for his understanding, use, collection, and translation of early Thai texts. He died in 2006.