Item description for Siam in Mind by David K. Wyatt...
This slim volume takes the reader on a fascinating stroll through Thailands intellectual history -- the thoughts of the people of Siam, and the products of their thought, through history. It is a series of informal sketches, gleaned over years of historical research and stored away for rumination and reflection by one of the foremost historians of Thailand. Wyatt muses about these pieces of history, revealing some of the creative thinking that has been going on in the minds of ordinary and nameless people as well as great and well-known thinkers in Siam for the past thirteen hundred years.
A variety of new thought -- political, religious, and artistic -- has arisen in all sorts of contexts: warfare, trade, administration, and farming, to name a few. Collected here is a valuable historical sampling of these new ideas from the many different regions of what we think of today as Thailand.
The author touches upon political and religious thought, but also upon such artistic thought as that demonstrated in novels, paintings, and historical writing. It includes both people whom we might think of as conservative and royalist and those who usually are thought of as non-conforming.
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Studio: University of Washington Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Publisher University of Washington Press
ISBN 9747551721 ISBN13 9789747551723
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More About David K. Wyatt
Wyatt is the John Stambaugh Professor of History at Cornell University.
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insights into thailand Jul 19, 2009
David Wyatt explores the intellectual history of Siam from roughly 800 A.D. through the present era. He chronicles history here through short illustrative vignettes that provide an insight to the many walks of life and experiences in Thailand's past. At times I felt I was reading a people's history as Wyatt explores themes ranging from art, literature, and sex to religion and war. Many of the accounts illustrate not only the variety of actors in Thailand's multicultural past but are endearing as well. I especially enjoyed the account of a monk who established libraries and the artist who illustrated the province of Nan's history on a temple mural. Wyatt draws upon a wide range of sources, from eye-witness acounts of battles to regional historical texts. There are also many photographs of interest interspersed throughout. I enjoyed reading this brief trip into Thailad's history and think that one's appreciation of the material grows the more one knows about Thailand and Southeast Asia. If one is looking for a general history, this book will not provide it. However, it does provide a glimpse into different aspects of culture and the variety of Thai history, and is quite enjoyable.