This collection of eleven essays by senior Asianist Craig Reynolds features debates about meaning in Southeast Asian and Thai history. He explores themes that have hitherto been treated superficially in Thai historical writing, including Siam's semicolonialism in the late nineteenth century, the concepts of militarism and masculinity, collective memory and dynastic succession, the relationship of manual knowledge to ethnoscience, and the dialectics of globalization. Other more familiar topics under Reynolds's microscope, treated with new material and approaches, include cultural nationalism and religious history.
Craig J. Reynolds is a reader in the Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. He is the author of Thai Radical Discourses and National Identity and Its Defenders: Thailand, 1939-1989.
PrologueAcknowledgmentsSources Studying Southeast Asia1. A New Look at Old Southeast Asia2. Paradigms of the Premodern State Seditious Histories of Siam3. Mr. Kulap and Purloined Documents4. A Seditious Poem and Its History5. Feudalism as a Trope for the Past6. Engendering Thai Historical Writing Cultural Studies7. Religious Historical Writing in Early Bangkok8. Buddhist Cosmography in Thai Intellectual History9. A Thai-Buddhist Defense of Polygamy10. A Thai Manual Knowledge: Theory and Practice The Dialectics of Globalization11. National Identity and Cultural Nationalism EpilogueBibliographyIndex