Dutch East India merchants at the court of Ayutthaya : Dutch perceptions of the Thai Kingdom, c. 1604-1765

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Dutch East India merchants at the court of Ayutthaya : Dutch perceptions of the Thai Kingdom, c. 1604-1765

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Dutch East India merchants at the court of Ayutthaya : Dutch perceptions of the Thai Kingdom, c. 1604-1765
Author: Ruangsilp, Bhawan
Publisher: TANAP (Towards a New Age of Partnership) Programme, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2007-03-07
Keywords: Asia-Europe relations
Cross-cultural interactions
Thailand
VOC
Abstract: No European country enjoyed such long-standing relations with the Thai Kingdom of Ayutthaya like the Netherlands. This dissertation is a study of the cross-cultural interactions between the Dutch and the Thai in the 17th and 18th centuries. Based on Dutch sources, it investigates how the employees of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) perceived the court of Ayutthaya and its members in the context that it was most important for these men to maintain the balance between their ‘partnership’ with the Thai and their own ‘sense of differences’ from the Thai culture. The first part of the dissertation deals with the relatively equal positions of the VOC in relation to the Ayutthayan court in trade, politics, and diplomacy. In contrast, the fate of its men-on-the-spot and business in Ayutthaya was often subjected to local authorities. The second part shows how the VOC merchants evaluated the situation of different Thai Kings and how they dealt with the Thai elite. The analysis of the VOC sources shows how the positions of these Dutch merchants were dictated by local circumstances, thereby demonstrating the strength of early modern South-East Asia in the face of the rising of European power in the East.
Description: Promotor: J.L. Blussé van Oud-Alblas, Co-promotor: P.J.A.N. Rietbergen
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Ruangsilp, B., 2007, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Sponsor: TANAP (Towards a New Age of Partnership) Programme
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/11406
 

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