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1 21 668 Choden, Kunzang, FOLKTALES OF BHUTAN

This first attempt of a Bhutanese to record in English the oral tradition of this kingdom comprises a collection of 38 folktales and legends. The rugged and awesome terrain of Bhutan, which cherished a self-imposed isolation for centuries, and the people’s closeness to nature, together with their philosophy of karmic life cycles, an unquestioning belief in unseen co-inhabitants of the earth-like spirits, ghosts and demons, and the creative genius of the storytellers culminated in a remarkable repository of tales and legends which were passed on and developed through generations.

(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8495-96-5

197 pp., illus., 148 x 210 mm 14.50

2 21 947 Choden, Kunzang, BHUTANESE TALES OF THE YETI

A collection of twenty-two stories set in four different regions of Bhutan. Belief in the yeti is ubiquitous in the Kingdoms of the Himalayas, where beliefs and attitudes related to it go beyond scientific judgment and analysis. The Bhutanese consider the yeti, or the migoi, to be an essential part of the backdrop of their existence. Believed to possess supernatural powers enabling it to become invisible at will, the yeti often manifests itself in a tangible form and then suddenly vanishes, leaving behind nothing but an unexpected void. Folklore about the abominable snowman has existed for centuries: however, with the far-reaching impact of the media, the perpetuation of this oral tradition is threatened. This collection of stories is an attempt to document a vital tradition before it is wiped out entirely.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-87-2

165 pp., 23 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 14.50

3 21 628 FitzGerald, C. P., THE SOUTHERN EXPANSION OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE

Since the beginning of reliable historical evidence, Chinese influence, culture, and power have always moved southward. In the first part of this book, FitzGerald details how Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma had all, to varying degrees, come under the influence of and acknowledged the power of China. Malaya, Java, Sumatra, and Borneo, which never actually owed allegiance to China, nonetheless also experienced China’s influence and power. China’s political influence in Southeast Asia declined when southward territorial expansion ended with the rise of the Manchu Dynasty in 1664. Later, a massive migration of individual Chinese resulted in the large minorities of Chinese that can still be found in many Southeast Asian countries today. In the second part of his book, the author examines the cultural, economic, and political effects of this migration on the countries concerned and their implications for the future. Many of FitzGerald’s comments are prescient and pertinent today, and the book presents vital historical facts which need to be taken into account in any assessment of the probable future of the area.

(Bangkok 1993, repr. from 1972)

ISBN 974-8495-81-7

250 pp., 150 x 210 mm 27.50

4 22 106 Fuhrmann, Ernst, NEW GUINEA: PEOPLE AND ART

This work is the first English translation of a German introductory text published by well-known publisher Folkwang Verlag in Hagen in 1922. The book is based on photographs of objects in art collections in the major museums of Europe and has a special section on the ornamental designs of New Guinea. Sculpture and "body art," before the term was reinvented recently, are documented in detail. Other forms of art such as masks, furniture and house structures are also included. An introductory text places the art in its everyday context and discusses beliefs related to uses of the artifacts. Much of what is shown here has only been preserved in the museum collections on which the book was based.

 

(A German language version is also available.)

(Bangkok 1999, First English tranbslation of 1922) ISBN 974-7534-04-5

168 pp., 130 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk. 20.00

5 21 161 Heinze, Ruth-Inge, TRANCE AND HEALING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA TODAY

The study looks at the role of faith in Southeast Asian healing rituals and investigates the needs which created the underlying belief systems, Shamans, mediums, and healers monitoring trances and mediating between different states of consciousness for the purpose of healing. In 21 case studies, the reader will observe a Meo shaman riding into the spirit world, the God Rama descending into the body of an Indian worker, and a Malay bomoh balancing the "wind" of a client during a main puteri. A Thai-Malay bomoh is transformed into a tiger and Singapore-Malays behave like horses. The book documents how Thai, Hindu, Malay, as well as Chinese mediums, with the help of Hindu, Taoist and Buddhist deities, deified heros, and nature spirits cure, exorcize, and advise their clients. The phenomena of automatic writing and glossolalia are also discussed. The book addresses, e.g., the following questions: Is the demand for spiritual guidance and help increasing or declining? Is the syncretism we find in modern belief systems strictly a theoretical issue which is of no importance to the participants in a ritual? And is shamanism an "elementary form of the religious life?" The book provides, furthermore, evidence for the needs which lead to the emergence of need-fulfillers wherever and whenever specific physiological, psychological, mental, social, and spiritual needs arise. Thus, when modern physicians, psychiatrists, and sometimes even priests, do not seem to have an answer, folk practitioners continue to fulfil basic human needs in modern multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies.

(Bangkok 1997; rev. ed.) ISBN 974-8496-72-4

366 pp., 48 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 39.50

6 22 030 Iorns Magallanes, Catherine J. & Malcolm Holick (Eds), LAND CONFLICTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, ENVIRONMENT AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

This book deals with the competing pressures being placed on land and resources worldwide as the world's population grows. Within states, these pressures are increasingly leading to conflicts over land and associated resources and these conflicts are increasingly becoming internationalized. This situation is nowhere better illustrated than in Southeast Asia. This book brings together a wide range of both academic and practical expertise. It examines and analyzes a range of conflicts over land and resources in Southeast Asia and makes recommendations for their resolution. The case studies discuss situations in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. They address develop-ment due to industrialization, mining, logging and tourism. The book then focuses on the international legal and political framework which applies to the various conflicts described. Finally, the editors make helpful suggestions for the prevention and resolution of such conflicts at both the national and international level.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-52-4

398 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 30.00

7 21 797 Kloss, Boden C., IN THE ANDAMANS AND NICOBARS: ADVENTURES IN ETHNOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY

This book contains notes on the history of the islands, their fauna, flora, geology and ethnology, and the anthropomorphy, customs and languages of the various tribes that inhabit them.

(Bangkok 1995; repr. from 1903)

ISBN 974-8496-37-6

441 pp., 47 pp. illus., 3 maps, 155 x 215 mm,

pbk. 21.50

8 21 870 Ma Huan, YING-YAI SHENG-LAN: THE OVERALL SURVEY OF THE OCEAN’S SHORES (1433)

Ma Huan’s descriptions are based on personal observation, of twenty countries from Champa (Central Vietnam) in the East to Mecca in the West. Ma Huan was the Muslim interpreter of the famous Cheng Ho, commander of the Chinese Fleet. Of the sources for the history of southern Asia during the 15th century, the Chinese authorities are the most rewarding, and of these the most informative and interesting is Ma Huan. The 15th century was the heroic age of Chinese naval expansion; four Chinese fleets traversed the Indian Ocean simultaneously, and flotillas explored "the four seas" from southern Africa to Timor. The imperial court was thronged with royal visitors or envoys from 70 foreign countries from Japan to Hormuz, and Chinese manufactures were sought after in the markets of Asia from Majapahit to Baghdad.

This new translation is based on the definitive text established by the eminent Chinese scholar Feng Ch’eng-Chun and first published in 1935. Mr. Mills’s Introduction contains accounts of Cheng Ho’s expeditions and Ma Huan’s book. Eight appendices treat peripheral topics, mainly geographical and nautical; a gazetteer records the names of some 700 places known to the Chinese when their golden age of exploration ended in 1433; with the aid of printed and manuscript sailing directions, an attempt is made to explain about 600 names and legends in the remarkable maritime cartogram ("Mao K’un Map") published in the Wu Pei Chih, and to trace the stages of voyages made, inter alia, through the Singapore Strait, from Sumatra to Ceylon (Pieh-lo-li, Beruwala), and from Malacca to China. This text obtains new significance for what is not in it: this classic Chinese text shows no historical evidence to support Chinese claims to the Spratlys.

(Bangkok 1996; repr. from 1970)

ISBN 974-8496-78-3

413 pp., 1 folded map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

9 8 297 Taylor, John G., EAST TIMOR: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

In this updated and much expanded edition of his celebrated book, Indonesia’s Forgotten War: The Hidden History of East Timor, John Taylor tells in detail the story of what happened to his island people following President Suharto’s downfall in the wake of the Asian economic crisis. The new Indonesian government conceded the right of the United Nations to organize the long delayed referendum giving the East Timoreses a choice between continued association with Indonesia or independence. At the very moment the historic vote was being counted, however, armed gangs organized by elements of the Indonesian military plunged the island into an orgy of killing, burning and forced flight. An appalled world witnessed their bloody defiance of the people’s will and of the international community. John Taylor analyses the world’s reaction to this new genocide of the East Timorese people, the belated despatch of a peacekeeping force, and the prospects of independence.

(London, Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-7534-18-5

285 pp., 135 x 225 mm, pbk. 19.50

Burma

10 22 118 Ainsworth, Leopold, A MERCHANT VENTURER AMONG THE SEA GYPSIES

This report is a seminal work on the Moken nomads and Lower Burma written by a businessman studying the area for its economic potential. The author’s ability to describe and penetrate into the very heart of the social and economic life of the Mergui Archipe-lago’s inhabitants makes this work both entertaining and very informative. Ainsworth describes the land, sea bed, and forests of many of the Moken islands, and trade relations established on the basis of local products, but his ethnological observations on disappearing funeral rituals and the love relationships between members of the different populations with whom he temporarily lived are particularly valuable today. His descriptions of Victoria Point, the lovely city of Mergui, and other picturesque villages can be appreciated by the most demanding travelers. Much of what he describes is still there, but, as is the case with the political life of the region, it is in great need of conscientious maintenance and adaptation work.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1930)

ISBN 974-7534-09-6

330 pp., 16 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 15.00

11 21 301 Aung Aung Taik, VISIONS OF SHWEDAGON

The biography of a Burmese painter exiled in the USA. When a sensitive man, a painter and Buddhist, is separated from his homeland, culture and co-religionists by the universal experience of emigration, what happens to him? Aung Aung Taik underwent that experience. Ranging from the social elite of Burmese society to the fast-food supermarket culture of America, this treatise overcomes the past through love. It hands down as instructive a guide as any young painter could want on the genesis of that craft and its relationship to Buddhist teaching. An Asian in America, an artist in the world, few modern writers explore so profoundly the immediate and personal meaning of dharma.

(Bangkok 1988) ISBN 974-8495-30-2

269 pp., with author’s illus., 165 x 215 mm 17.50

12 22 014 Ball, Desmond, BURMA’S MILITARY SECRETS. Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) from the Second World War to Civil War and Cyber Warfare

This first book on signals warfare provides a unique view into all of the important military and political developments in Burma over the past half century based on the most secret and authoritative intelligence sources, i.e., signals intelligence (SIGINT) which involves radio interception, telecommunications surveillance, crypt analysis or code-breaking, and analysis of supposedly confidential signals. This book is filled with fascinating and explosive revelations about many important issues, such as:

-the special relationship between Burma and China. Over the past decades, China has become Burma's principal ally, major arms supplier, and only secret intelligence partner.

-the opium and heroin trade. Burma now accounts for two-thirds of the world's total production of heroin and the drug armies maintain sophisticated intelligence collection and communications systems.

-the SIGINT activities of the ethnic insurgent organis-ations, such as the Karen National Army.

-the battles at Manerplaw and Kawmura in January-February 1995, which involved some 15,000-20,000 troops, and which resulted in the loss of these strongholds to the Burmese Army.

-the use of electronic surveillance by the military junta in Rangoon to control dissent and rebellion.

-the organisation of Burma's security and intelligence establishment, including the dreaded Military Intelligence Service (MIS) headed by Khin Nyunt, and the new Cyber Warfare Department.

-the build-up of Burma's conventional arms capabilities, giving it the largest armed forces in Asia by the turn of the century.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-50-8

310 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

13 4 404 Bo Yang, GOLDEN TRIANGLE: FRONTIER AND WILDERNESS

A Chinese writer covers the Thailand-Burma-Laos Triangle with opium warlord Khun Sa and the remnants of the KMT Army.

(Hong Kong 1987)

206 pp., 135 x 210 mm, pbk. 14.50

14 22 077 Clark, Carol, SEEING RED: A VIEW FROM INSIDE THE RUBY TRADE

The book is based on the author’s first hand experience working for one of Bangkok’s largest gem trading companies. It documents the ruby trade in Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. Called ma naw na ya in Burma"Wish-fulfilling stones"rubies are believed to grant their wearer’s wishes. Both the trader’s modern-day mysteries and old traditions are the subject of this inside view.

(Bangkok 1999)

ISBN 974-8434-67-2

128 pp., 150 x 210mm, pbk. 14.50

15 21 400 Clifford, Hugh, FURTHER INDIA

A history of European exploration of Burma, Malaya, Siam, and Indo-China from the earliest times. This reprint remains the best overview of European exploration and discovery in Southeast Asia, with 6 additional old maps from 1904. Since the publication of Further India, other authors have written in detail about some of the explorations mentioned in it, but none has attempted a work of the same scope. Not only does the book provide a great range of material but it gives data which are difficult to find elsewhere, such as on the opening up of Burma. The work remains a solid and valuable source of information, and those interested in the geography, topography, economy and history of Southeast Asia and stories of courage and daring will wish to have a copy of the book. It is a book to which one will want to turn often.

(Bangkok 1990; repr. from 1904)

ISBN 974-8495-25-6

450 pp., 154 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm 30.00

16 21 937 Fielding-Hall, Harold, BURMESE

PALACE TALES

Originally published in 1900 as Palace Tales the book is an attempt to rescue from complete oblivion one phase of life in the Mandalay Palace in the times of the Burmese Kings. The Burmese King and Queen were sent into exile in India by the British occupation force in 1886 and memories of the old days started to fade. These stories are all founded upon tales told to the author. They are not history, nor are they intended to apply to any one king or queen. They are illustrations only of the lighter side of life there, of the amusements and the trivialities of the Palace. They are the little sunny places in the record of a semi-civilized court whose more serious history consisted of plot and intrigue, violence and murder. But there was laughter in the palace as well as sorrow, sunshine as well as tears.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-94-5

139 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 22.50

17 21 858 Gilhodes, A., THE KACHIN: RELIGION AND CUSTOMS

This book is a record of the myths and tales of the Kachin peoples of Burma amongst whom the author lived. He discusses his findings with the indigenous specialists in the Kachin religion, the Jaiwa, who are ritual bards or reciters of the myths and tales in question.

As a direct result of Edmund Leach’s work, Political Systems of Highland Burma, the Kachin people played a major role in the development of social anthropology. Leach made it clear that we can only comprehend the nature of culture and society in Southeast Asia if we understand that each such society is the outcome of processes of inter-group political and social relations, where the boundary of each such group is set by the existence and organizational character of its neighbors. He showed that Kachin society of the mountains of northernmost Burma had its principle structural limit in the neighboring Shan system of lowland principalities. The Shan are Tai speaking people. Kachin society was shaped by its attempt to live in the neighborhood of Shan society. Such a tribal society could not, for all sorts of reasons having to do with the nature of life in the mountains, readily adopt the Shan political order. When this was tried, either it failed or the Kachin community in question tended to become absorbed by the Shan. Indeed, the very dynamics of traditional Kachin society lie in its tendency to oscillate between a form of organization under powerful chiefs that comes close to the Shan ideal of ruling princes, and a form of organization that was forced to reject the claims of such dominance. Not surprisingly, this sort of cross-cultural awareness tends to constitute much of a people’s sense of their own identity and hence becomes embedded in their basic religious ideas, cosmology, mythology and way of life.

Gilhodes’s book serves as an essential foundation of empirical data for Leach’s now classical monograph, and is the only published example, in any detail, of the kind of cross-cultural awareness that characterizes the upland peoples of Southeast Asia. The documentation of this material is of importance if only because scholars of the region have come to rely so heavily upon Leach’s 1954 book that they have long since lost sight of the rich material lying behind the analytical argument, and of the fact that there is an earlier literature that documents it in considerable detail.

(Bangkok 1996; repr. from 1922)

ISBN 974-8496-51-1

253 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 18.50

18 21 243 Hallet, Holt S., A THOUSAND MILES ON AN ELEPHANT IN THE SHAN STATES

This text presents an excellent overview of the topography, economy, peoples, customs, legends and local histories of Northern Thailand in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Consequently, it is immensely valuable to anyone interested in the area and has long been recognized for its merit by scholars. The book, first published in 1890, resulted from Hallet’s thorough fact-finding mission through the region in 1876 when he was searching for the best route for a railway by which British goods could be transported from Burma to Thailand, and more importantly, to China. The information which he carefully compiled makes this book an important reference source even today.

(Bangkok 1989; repr. from 1890)

ISBN 974-8495-27-2

532 pp., illus., 8 maps, 150 x 210 mm 30.00

19 22 119 Halliday, Robert, THE MONS OF BURMA AND THAILAND. VOLUME 1. THE TALAINGS

This is a two-volume selection of his most important writings on the subject. Volume 1 is a reprint of his monograph, The Talaings, which was originally published in 1917 in Rangoon. Well over thirteen centuries ago the Mons established the earliest Buddhist civilization on the Southeast Asian mainland, and it was through them the Burmese and Northern Thais received not only their script, along with literary and technical texts, but also adopted their indigenous religious practices and administrative systems. Halliday’s assumptions about the important historical role played by the Mons, reflecting the views of C. O. Blagden, with whom he collaborated, have been vindicated in the 1960s following the discoveries of early archeological sites and epigraphic data in Thailand. Therefore, Halliday’s work is a unique source on Mon culture and village life at the beginning of the twentieth century. Halliday’s historical photographs, incor-porated in Volume 1, are complemented by photos by Christian Bauer, the editor, taken in Burma and Thailand, presented in Volume 2.

(Bangkok 2000; repr. from 1917)

ISBN 974-7534-20-7

236 pp., 12 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 14.50

20 22 120 Halliday, Robert, THE MONS OF BURMA AND THAILAND. VOLUME 2. SELECTED ARTICLES

Volume 2 features all of Halliday’s articles published in the Journal of the Burma Research Society as well as his two other monographs, A History of Kings (1923), and The Story of the Founding of Pegu (1923). This volume also has photographs by Christian Bauer, the editor of this volume of reprints.

(Bangkok 2000; repr. from 1923)

ISBN 974-7534-19-4

340 pp., 8 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 17.50

21 21 813 Ivanoff, Jacques, MOKEN. SEA GYPSIES OF THE ANDAMAN SEA

The book contains accounts of the nomads who live in the Mergui Archipelago of southern Burma and adjacent Thai territories. This minority of the northern branch of the Austronesian peoples have a very distinctive and peculiar culture. Most of the year they live on their boats but do not fish. During the rainy season they live on land, grow some plants, but are not avid cultivators and make little use of their agricultural produce. They developed a strong cultural identity but are nevertheless adapting to a changing environ-ment. For outsiders, the functioning of their society is difficult to understand and still has its mysteries. The closing of Burma after 1948 prevented further research. These post-war chronicles, supplemented by a host of rare photographs, shed some light on this unique group deserving of a special place in the pantheon of ethnic minorities.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-65-1

170 pp., illus. with 83 plates, 24 pp. in color,

150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

22 22 075 Ivanoff, Jacques, THE MOKEN BOAT: SYMBOLIC TECHNOLOGY

This is the first comprehensive study of the boats of the sea-gypsies of the Andaman Sea from Surin Island in Southern Thailand to Ross Island in Burma. The traditional Moken boat has been a cause of wonder for scholars, English administrators, and sea captains. How could such a remote and "uncivilized" people have developed such impressive naval technology? The discrepancy between the level of culture and the high degree of technical skill in boat building is not surprising if we look deep inside the nomadic ideology of the Moken: their techniques cannot be understood without reference to their cultural and symbolic contexts. This study provides all the necessary technical tools and symbolic knowledge to understand how the sea-gypsies still survive today in their amazing boat, the kabang. This book also provides an English-French glossary of marine terms and techniques, a glossary of Moken marine technology, and a glossary identifying plants based on an extensive survey of the flora of the region where the Moken live.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-90-7

180 pp., fully illus., partly in color, 210 x 290 mm, pbk. 25.00

23 21 481 Karow, Otto, BURMESE BUDDHIST SCULPTURE: THE JOHAN MÖGER COLLECTION

This book offers the reader an admirable survey and description of a sacred art that is still too little studied, the rich Burmese tradition. Of particular importance in this collection are the pieces forged in the Shan States depicting various events in the life of the Buddha, as well as the many pieces representing the Buddha in royal attire, here in designated the "Jambupati" type. Whether the artifacts show narrative scenes, single figures, votive stupas or house temples, there is in this collection the full range of craftsmanship, expressed in various "gradients of quality," and Burmese icono-graphic ideals.

(Bangkok 1991) ISBN 974-8495-52-3

164 pp., 132 pp. color illus., 200 x 300 mm 47.50

24 7 334 Keeton, C. L., KING THEBAW AND THE ECOLOGICAL RAPE OF BURMA: THE POLITICAL AND COMMERCIAL STRUGGLE BETWEEN BRITISH INDIA AND FRENCH INDO-CHINA IN BURMA 1878-1886

This pioneering work should be required reading for anyone who is concerned about the destruction of our environment, and who is interested in understanding how past human societies, in this case Upper Burma in the late 1800s, have struggled with the problem. This is also the best biographical study ever made of Burma’s colorful King Thebaw (1878-1885), and in particular of his domineering and beautiful wife, Queen Supayalat. The book places their lives against the background of the ecological and diplomatic occurences that convulsed the Burmese Kingdom of Mandalay during its last years of independence.

The effects of the race between French and British commercial interests, with the eager cooperation of the Burmese Government to deforest Upper Burma, are related in fascinating detail. This process of deforestation set off a number of ecological disturbances which culminated in the partially man-made "drought" of 1883-5. This in turn disrupted much of Upper Burma’s social and political life, thus making the country an ever more inviting area for further French expansion westwards from French Indochina. Ultimately, this "French Threat" resulted in the Third Burmese War in 1885, and in the eventual annexation of Upper Burma to Britain’s Indian Empire in 1886. Finally, the book develops several ecological concepts which might well be applicable to the study of man’s interaction with his environment in any period of history.

(Delhi 1974)

450 pp., 7 pp. illus., 1 folded map, 150 x

225 mm 38.00

25 5 241 King, Winston L., A THOUSAND LIVES AWAY: BUDDHISM IN CONTEMPORARY BURMA

The portrait presented here is essentially that of Burmese Buddhism "on the hoof," as it is practiced by the rank and file of lay Buddhists, mirroring the world as perceived through traditionalist Buddhist eyes. For the most part it is a strange world to Western perceptions—one almost from another planet, one "a thousand lives away" from it, one of karma, endless rebirths, nats and pagodas.

(Berkeley 1964, repr. from 1989)

238 pp., 140 x 215 mm, pbk. 17.50

26 21 626 Kin Oung, WHO KILLED AUNG SAN? (Second Expanded Edition)

This book provides a graphic reconstruction of a controversial episode in Burmese history: the murder of U Aung San and his six ministerial colleagues on 19 July 1947. The course of Burmese history could well have been very diffrent if Aung San had lived to become independent Burma’s first prime minister. Based on eye-witness accounts, this book sheds much new light on the events of this period. The facts of the killing itself seem relatively straightforward, and are documented in the records of the assassins’ trial, but there remain many unanswered questions: Who really stood to benefit from the death of Aung San? Was there a mastermind, or masterminds, other than U Saw (who was convicted of the murder) behind the plot? If so, who were these shadowy figures, and how were they able to escape? It is the author’s investigation of these issues that gives the book its particular value. Kin Oung is especially well qualified to write this account for he has family connections that provide a direct link with the events of the late 1940s. His late father, Major-General Tun Hla Oung of Burma’s Imperial Police, and his late father-in-law, Justice Thaung Sein, played vital roles in bringing to justice the assassins of Aung San. It was the reminiscences of his father-in-law, with their implication that events might not have been all they appeared to be, that triggered Kin Oung’s interest in this tragic episode of Burma’s history.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-9496-48-6

160 pp., 8 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm 22.50

27 22 113 Kiryu, Minoru (Ed.), INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND REFORMS IN MYANMAR: ASEAN AND JAPANESE PERSPECTIVES

This report incorporates papers and research reports prepared in the framework of the Symposium on Industrial Reform in Myanmar, sponsored by the Sasakawa Southeast Asia Cooperation Fund. Over a period of two years, researchers from Japan, Myanmar, and Thailand pursued three objectives, reflected in the results reported here:

To make a comprehensive examination of the problems that Myanmar’s enterprises face as the country makes its transition to a market-oriented economy.

To gain knowledge of current problems relative to Myanmar’s enterprises through conducting research and holding symposia for researchers and policymakers both in and outside Myanmar.

To prepare policy recommendations for submission to the Government of Myanmar based on the results of these processes, in an effort to aid in its task of reforming the nation’s industrial policies.

Thus, a wealth of hitherto unavailable information has been collected and is presented in this volume for the first time.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-7534-06-1

345 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

28 21 464 Lintner, Bertil, AUNG SAN SUU KYI AND BURMA’S UNFINISHED RENAISSANCE

A brief introduction to Aung San Suu Kyi’s role in Burma’s political scene in the late 1980’s. This edition was printed after she received the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

(Bangkok 1991; 2nd ed.) ISBN 974-8495-61-2

32 pp., 4 pp. illus., 140 x 215 mm, pbk. 7.50

10 copies 45.00

29 22 107 MacDonald, Martin, KAWTHOOLEI DREAMS, MALARIA NIGHTS: BURMA’S CIVIL WAR

This daring book, the most accessible contemporary account of Burma’s civil war, unravels a complex story that encompasses more than a dozen armies, scores of ethnic groups, involves the opium warlords of the Golden Triangle, and the rise of the democracy movement inside Burma. For the last 50 years Burma has been torn apart by political and ethnic insurgencies, shut off from the outside world, and forgotten. Today the country is ruled, as it has been since 1962, by a brutal, corrupt, and incompetent military dictatorship. The author, a freelance journalist, made his first trip into insurgent Burma in 1989. Since then he has travelled extensively, both alone and with insurgent groups, including an overland trip in the company of Karen and Burmese student soldiers to the Andaman Sea, a clandestine boat trip down the Irrawaddy River, a jungle trek in search of rhinos, and an attempt to photograph Burmese slave-labor camps. This fast-paced and personal narrative captures both the romance and harsh reality of an ill-fated revolution. The plight of the Karen, an ethnic group fighting for a homeland in the malaria-stricken mountains of southeastern Burma, is especially poignant. The old Karen veterans, who served under the British during World War II and began the present rebellion in 1949, together with two subsequent generations, are still in the jungle, but now forced into refugee camps and ever-shrinking parcels of Karen-held territory along the Thai-Burma border.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-61-3

234 pp., 2 maps, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 14.50

30 21 934 Marshall, Harry Ignatius, THE KAREN PEOPLE OF BURMA: A STUDY IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND ETHNOLOGY

A classical anthropological monograph written at a time when it was expected that there should be at least one book on each "tribe", and for sometime this was considered the one book on the Karen. It is full of data and, ironically, this book is still the most recent general description of basically all aspects of Karen culture in Burma. Since it was written 75 years ago there are evidently many current questions which the book cannot answer. But it is still a significant ethnographic study which has been widely read and widely quoted.

(Bangkok 1997; repr. from 1922)

350 pp., 140 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

31 754 Maung Htin Aung, FOLK ELEMENTS IN BURMESE BUDDHISM

A work on the integrating power of Burmese Buddhism. When Theravada Buddhism became the national religion in the 11th century there already existed a number of primitive religious cults, the most important and most popular of which were the worship of Nat spirits, astrology, and alchemy. In addition there also existed Mahayana Buddhism and Tantric or magical Buddhism. All the different cults were given an artifical unity by the fact that they were all under the patronage of the Ari monks. These Ari monks had some acquaintance with the Buddhist scriptures, gloried in the name of Buddha, and wore dark brown robes and conical hats. But they also presided over the Nat spirit festival at which hundreds of animals were sacrificed. The nine chapters of this book deal with: (1) folk elements in Burmese Buddhism; (2) the nine Gods; (3) the feast of the New Year; (4) the cult of alchemy; (5) the cult of the magus; (6) the Lord of the Great mountain; (7) the thirty-seven Lords; (8) initiation ceremonies; and (9) the Ari monks and the introduction of Buddhism.

(Rangoon 1959)

153 pp., 135 x 210 mm 9.50

 

32 22 079 Moilanen, Irene & Sergey Ozhegov, MIRRORED IN WOOD: BURMESE ART AND ARCHITECTURE

This overview presents the traditional art of wood carving and use of wood in building in Burma from a historical perspective. In the early Burmese context the wood carvers’ art was honed for religious purposes: to create sculptures to venerate the Buddha. These and other woodcarving motifs of decorative and legendary nature evolved but maintained continuity to the present time despite loss in the 1300-1700 era due to disruptive events in the country. The numerous illustrations of this art also show the colonial influences and recent adaptations to the tourist souvenir market, a potential threat to maintaining traditional wood-carving skills. These are described in detail, including materials and techniques, accompanied with illustra-tions. The use of wood in building also has its traditions in form and beliefs and a basis in functional use and mobility: a basic room is replicated and adapted in the specific contexts of dwelling, monastery, and palace. All these designs are illustrated with floor plans and photographs. Again, in architecture modern design requirements, materials, urbanization and utility challenge the preservation of traditional methods and forms, many of which may well be more suited for local use.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-7534-00-2

186 pp., 76 pp. illus., partly in color, 210 x 290 mm, pbk. 29.50

33 21 067 O’Connor, V. C. Scott, MANDALAY AND OTHER CITIES OF THE PAST IN BURMA

First published in 1907, this book is still an important source of information for all who are curious about this fascinating country which has only recently begun the process of change. V. C. Scott O’Connor served in Burma at the turn of the century as a British colonial officer. His extensive travels took him to numerous cities, all of which had had a great influence on Burmese history, art and culture. From his experiences, the author recreates Burmese history through that of important early cities. Mandalay, for which he had a special affection, Sagaing, Ava, Amarapura, Pagan, Pegu, Prome, Thare-kettaya (Sri-kshetra), Mergui, Tagoung, and the monastery complex at Po-u-daung. The work includes 243 illustrations, mostly photos, reproductions of paintings by the traditionalist Burmese painter, Saya Chone, and maps and diagrams.

(Bangkok 1996; repr. from 1907)

ISBN 974-8495-17-5

470 pp., fully illus., 8 pp. in color, 4 folded maps+plans, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 37.50

34 22 015 P. B., E. M., A YEAR ON THE IRRAWADDY

This account was written by the wife of an oil-boat captain plying the trade on the Irrawaddy River in Burma. It is the unassuming tale of the hard lives of sailors and shoremen alike. The turn of the century, when this wife took the unusual step of following her husband on board for most of her time in Burma, saw many changes in the daily life on the river: not least those caused by a small boom in trading and in the exploitation of primary resources by British companies. The many anecdotes in this account make for a colorful and insightful picture of the life of those who were living outside the colonial circles and high officialdom that are usually the subjects of expatriates’ reports of a tour of duty in the colony. Today’s travellers to Burma may find this book is interesting and useful comparative material and will, no doubt, notice how little has changed in the lives of the common people with the passing of regimes and doctrines.

(Bangkok 1998, repr. from 1911)

ISBN 974-8434-26-5

150 pp., 8 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

35 21 469 Pichard, Pierre, THE PENTAGONAL MONUMENTS OF PAGAN

These monuments are exceptional in the ancient architecture of Southeast Asia and are indeed rare in the whole history of architecture. This original study by Pierre Richard, architect and member of the École française d’Extrême Orient, presents 17 monuments, discussing the doctrinal, historical, and architectural features of these unique achievements of Burmese genius.

(Bangkok 1991) ISBN 974-8495-49-3

157 pp., fully illus., 210 x 295 mm 35.00

36 760 Ray, Nihar-Rangan, SANSKRIT BUDDHISM IN BURMA

The materials used in preparing this monograph are mostly archeological, but also literary sources as far as they are substantiated by archeological evidence so as to cover all relevant inscriptions, sculptures, paintings and monuments known from Burma up to the present. Apart from new materials that are now made known, there will be found many instances where new interpretations of old materials have been proposed. Thus, this text reveals the prevalence of the Sarvastivada in Old Prome, the definite existence of Mahayanist and Tantric texts in the monastic libraries of Upper Burma and of hitherto unrecognized representations of gods and goddesses belonging to the Mahayana and its allied pantheons. The text also establishes that the Samanakuttakas are identical with the Aris, both branded heterodox sects; it indicates the time when and place whence the Mahayana and its allied cults penetrated Burma and the fact of their existence for a long time even after the glorious reformation of Anawrahta in 1057-1058 AD. There are sufficient indications of the part played by the followers of these cults, whose number must have been considerable at one time, in the religious life of Upper Burma. Some of the identifications of gods and goddesses may be considered doubtful (in a number of instances the identification marks and attributes are either absent or indistinct), but the major conclusions based on them and on other material, equally important, will endure. The six chapters deal with:

1. Sarvastivada in Ancient Prome

2. Sanskrit Inscriptions: Sanskrit Buddhist Texts

3. Gods and Goddesses of Northern Buddhism

4. The Ari sect and the Samanakuttakas

5. Testimony of Buddhist Monks

6. When and whence did Sanskrit Buddhism penetrate Burma?

(Rangoon 1970s; repr. from 1936)

118 pp., 155 x 240 mm 16.50

37 22 081 Schendel, Willem van, Wolfgang Mey & Aditya Kumar Dewan, THE CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS: LIVING IN A BORDERLAND

This work examines the borderland between Burma, India and Bangladesh, inhabited by twelve distinct ethnic groups with strong cultural and linguistic links with Southeast Asia. The three specialist authors of this unique book have assembled more than 400 mostly unpublished photographs, many in color, from over 50 private collections. The Chittagong Hill Tracts: Living in a Borderland introduces the reader to the remarkable cultural variety and modern transfor-mations of this virtually unknown region bridging Southeast Asia and South Asia. At the same time it explores how, from the 1860s to the late twentieth century, photographers have portrayed the Chittagong Hill Tracts and their inhabitants. These photographers were both outsiders (travellers, officials, missionaries, anthropologists, development workers) and local people capturing their own world as they saw it. The 20 carefully documented chapters include: Creating a Colonial Aristocracy, The Public Display of Power, Images of Nature and Destruction, Religions of the Hills, Bodies and Costumes, Developing the Hills, and Lifestyles. The Chittagong Hill Tracts is the first comprehensive work on this complex region of Asia.

(Bangkok 2000) ISBN 974-8434-98-2

336 pp., 144 pp. illus., partly in color, 210 x

290 mm, pbk. 50.00

38 21 816 Stibbe, Philip G., RETURN VIA RANGOON: A YOUNG CHINDIT SURVIVES THE JUNGLE AND JAPANESE CAPTIVITY

The story of the Chindits, and how Wingate was able to forge out of this heterogeneous collection of men a fighting force which became and has remained one of the legends of the Second World War. Stibbe vividly describes the training of this ill-assorted bunch for the first Chindit expeidtion and the way in which Wingate prepared them for the ordeals ahead. Alas, as with so many of the best-laid plans, things went awry and Stibbe ended up a prisoner of the Japanese, incarcerated in a gaol in Rangoon. How he managed to survive the appalling sadism of his captors in the following years is even more extraordinary. His account of his time in prison vividly conveys the lowest depths of man’s inhumanity to fellow man, and the will of man to survive under the gravest of circumstances.

(London, Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-47-3

231 pp., 8 pp. illus., 1 pp. map, 155 x 235 mm,

pbk. 25.00

39 4 319 Taylor, Robert H., THE STATE OF BURMA

Taylor’s book is an attempt to explain, in comparative historical perspective, the background to Burma’s political development since 1962 when the military took power and began the process of converting the country into a one-party socialist state. It is the first book on the nature of Burma’s modern politics written by a foreign social scientist, who has done research in the country since 1962. Among many questions the author seeks to answer are the following: Why has the state in Burma developed in the comparatively unorthodox manner that it has? What have been the effects of the state’s autarchic policies on the country’s economy and foreign relations? Who has benefited and who has lost in the redistribution of power and influence that has taken place during the twentieth century? Given the turbulent history of Burma between 1920 and 1962, why has the country remained outwardly so politically stable since 1962? What is the relationship between the state and the peasantry and other social classes? How does ideology affect the nature of politics? The work is based on the assumption that meaningful answers to these questions can only be given in the context of the state’s development from the "early modern" era to the present. It reveals a coherent political pattern not obvious except from the perspective of an analysis of the nature of the state. As the leading figures in the states have changed, from Burmese kings to British civil servants to indigenous politicans and army officers, so have the ideas that have shaped the relationship of the state with the institutions of civil society. The book also contributes to the debate over the nature of the state and the alternative strategies for state perpetuation.

(London 1987)

395 pp., 145 x 225 mm 59.50

40 5 206 Toke Gale, BURMESE TIMBER ELEPHANT

This book deals with very intimate accounts of the behavior of these animals, their sexual life, their "loves and frequent lapses from virtue, their infidelities, hatreds and jealousies." It is also interlaced with superstitious practices which a few simple, hard working jungle folk observe in dealing with capturing and training wild elephants. It is the first time this topic has been written about at length and the book makes very interesting and delighful reading. The story of the only white elephant of Burma is most fascinating.

(Rangoon, no date; printed in Singapore)

162 pp., with text illus., 145 x 210 mm 17.50

41 21 811 U Thaung, A JOURNALIST, A GENERAL AND AN ARMY IN BURMA

The author tells the chilling story of a people under military rule. As a Burmese journalist, the author worked under martial law and was jailed by the cunning and ruthless General Ne Win, Burma’s dictator. This is the chronicle of the stupidity and crimes of the Burmese Army and, from an insider’s viewpoint, the misery and cruelties endured by 43 million enslaved Burmese people.

(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-44-9

150 pp., 130 x 200 mm, pbk. 14.50

42 21 935 White, Walter Grainge, THE SEA GYPSIES OF MALAYA: AN ACCOUNT OF THE NOMADIC MAWKEN PEOPLE OF THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO, WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THEIR WAYS OF LIVING, CUSTOMS, HABITS, BOATS, OCCUPATIONS

This book is considered a classic amongst the sparse Moken ethnographic literature. The author was a man with an inquiring mind, full of curiosity, who wished to go beyond the limits of his missionary tasks and relate the story of his personal and research experiences among the sea nomds. The book’s most important merit was to reveal the life of the Moken at the beginning of the century. It does this in a very vivid manner. Published in 1922 it sums up the author’s fieldwork observations dating from 1911. He writes about the administrative and political structure of Tenasserim (he was responsible for the population census of the Moken), which was the first part of Burma to be surrendered to the British after the Anglo-Burmese war of 1824-1826. His book enables us, on the one hand, to become aware of the nature, fauna and flora of this region, and on the other, the human intrigues involving the English, Indians, Karen, Mons, Malays, Burmese and, of course, the Moken. We become vividly aware, though his writings, of contemporary western arrogance and the developing phenomenon of colonial administration and the ways in which it exploited indigenous wealth. The missionaries, administration, cartographers, geo-graphers and the military were able, long before the ethnologists, to engage in all kinds of work which attracts the interest of present investigators: reports, mapping, census, dictionaries. These are precious instruments for observers of small, non-literate societies.

(Bangkok 1997; repr. from 1922)

ISBN 974-8496-92-9

350 pp., 15 pp. illus., 1 folded map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

 

Cambodia

(see also under Oxford University Press)

43 22 129 Anderson, Liz, RED LIGHTS AND GREEN LIZARDS: A CAMBODIAN ADVENTURE

Cambodia: land of the White Crocodile where rivers run backwards and human kings are half divine. two English doctors plunge up to their necks into the maelstrom that is Phnom Penh in the early 1990s. Tim tackles the hazards of childbirth; Liz takes a giant leap from the quiet Thameside practice to a brothel beside the Mekong River. Here where children, sold for sex, work off their ransom, she plumbs unexpected depths of poignancy and squalor. Simple explanations disentangle many of Cambodia’s recent troubles. The drama, pain and dawning hope of this extraordinary country are brought sharply into focus through the couple’s moving personal story.

312 pp., 130 x 195 mm, pbk. 15.50

44 21 949 Bekaert, Jacques, CAMBODIAN DIARY. VOL. 1. TALES OF A DIVIDED NATION, 1983-1986

The diaries cover the turbulent and dramatic recent history of Cambodia (1983-1986). Through the format of a regular diary we see a country emerging from the disaster of the Khmer Rouge era, only to find itself embroiled in a protracted war. This first volume discusses the ups and downs of the resistance, the secretive life of the communist party, the suffering of the people, the emergence of new leaders, like Prince Ranariddh and Hun Sen, and the continuous efforts of Prince Sihanouk to bring peace to his troubled land. The diary moves, week after week, from the Thai-Cambodian border to Hanoi, Beijing, Bangkok, Paris or Washington and of course to Phnom Penh and the Cambodian countryside. From the Khmer Rouge to born-again capitalists, from low intensity conflict to international intrigues, here is a first hand history of contemporary Cambodia.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-95-3

422 pp., 42 pp. illus., 12 pp. in color, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 30.00

45 22 011 Bekaert, Jacques, CAMBODIAN DIARY. Vol. 2. A LONG ROAD TO PEACE, 1987-1993

Volume 2 describes how first the People’s Republic of Kampuchea of Heng Samrin appears and disappears and, then, how Hun Sen’s State of Cambodia emerges while abandoning communism. And as a constant feature throughout, there are the people, main actors and front line victims of the drama.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-16-8

512 pp., 56 pp. illus., 16 pp. in color, 150 x 210 mm,
pbk. 37.50

46 22 078 Briggs, Lawrence Palmer, THE ANCIENT KHMER EMPIRE

This is a source book of early Khmer civilization, covering its art and architecture during the Funan (first century to c. 550), and Chenla (c. 550-802) periods, culminating with the Angkor period (802-1432) when the disastrous sacking of the capital by the Siamese in 1431 effectively brought this culture to a close. This source book is illustrated with numerous photographs, maps, and floor plans as well as dynastic genealogies of this great culture. In this reprint some illustrations from the Garnier Mission and Le Monde Illustré have been added. The back cover shows a gate of the old city, Angkor Thom (from Glimpses of the East, N.Y.K. Official Guide 1929-1930).

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1951, 1974)

ISBN 974-8434-93-1

307 pp., fully illus., 12 pp. in color, pbk. 29.50

47 6 782 Davis, Paul & Nic Dunlop, WAR OF THE MINESCAMBODIA, LANDMINES AND THE IMPOVERISHMENT OF A NATION

War of the Mines is the first illustrated study of the impact of landmine warfare on communities in Cambodia. Davies and Dunlop have meticulously documented the history of landmine warfare in a country where, it is estimated, there are more landmines than people. Through hard-hitting, yet unsensational photographs and the personal accounts of landmine victims, aid workers, doctors and military personnel, this book offers a powerful description of the horrors of landmine warfare and a compelling argument for a global ban on the use of such devastating war weapons.

(London 1994)

150 pp., fully illus., 195 x 275 mm, pbk. 25.00

48 21 794 Jennar, Raoul, THE CAMBODIAN CONSTITUTIONS (1953-1993)

This book examines the six constitutions Cambodia has had since its independence in 1953. Each reflects the political objectives of the regime in power, but each also upholds the permanent truths of Cambodian society: none escapes this double nature. What are the Cambodian institutions today? What are the powers of the King? How is the succession to the throne ensured in an elective monarchy? Are human rights protected in a country where the worst of crimes against humanity have been committed? How independent is the judiciary? The new Constitution, promulgated on 24 September 1993, answers these questions. This collection, where each of the fundamental laws is placed in its historical perspective, includes the founding texts of the first independent Cambodian Kingdom, the Khmer Republic of Field Marshal Lon Nol, Democratic Kampuchea of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, Heng Samrin’s People’s Republic of Kampuchea, and Hun Sen’s State of Cambodia.

(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-36-8

150 pp., 130 x 200 mm, pbk. 14.50

49 22 023 Jennar, Raoul M., CAMBODIAN CHRONICLES, 1989-1996. VOL. 1. BUNGLING A PEACE PLAN 1989-1991.

This first volume brings together all the reports (both published and unpublished) written by Raoul Marc Jennar on Cambodia’s political, economic, military and diplomatic situation from the beginning of the peace talks until the signing of the Paris Agreement in 1991. It was these reports that contained the first announcements of various major developments affecting the route towards peace. These included, in 1990, the ending of Soviet Bloc aid to the Phnom Penh regime; the conflict in the same year between the two main wings of the Communist party in power and the end to the opening up of the political spectrum; the economic colonization of Cambodia by unscrupulous Thai businessmen; and the continuation, after the signing of the Paris Agreement in 1991, of the collaboration beween some elements of the Thai military and industrial establishment and the Khmer Rouge. These reports were also the first to denounce the shortcomings, the contradictions and the weaknesses of the Agreements that were being negotiated.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-43-5

296 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

50 21 971 Mehta, Harish C., CAMBODIA

SILENCED—THE PRESS UNDER SIX REGIMES

The first book on the history of the Khmer press and its struggle for existence under six regimes since the 1930s. The press survived colonial rule, a major coup, genocide, civil war, and Vietnamese occupation. The press was censored and shut down, Khmer journalists were threatened, attacked, and murdered, and several foreign correspondents were captured and killed while covering the civil war. The French denied newspapers licenses to publish, and an equally docile press existed under Sihanouk’s rule. Sihanouk wrote arcane and elegant editorials in his journals to rebut criticism in the foreign press about his style of governance. The Lon Nol regime subjected the press to heavy-handed censorship and the Khmer Rouge, on seizing power, shut it down ahead of the genocide. The Heng Samrin regime’s journals were never allowed to stray from the official line. Newsmen were still being attacked and murdered after the royal government came to power in 1993, and journalism remained a dangerous profession. (Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8434-09-5

343 pp., 18 pp. illus. 6 pp. in color, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

51 22 027 San Antonio, Gabriel Quiroga de,

 

A BRIEF AND TRUTHFUL RELATION OF EVENTS IN THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA

This is one of the earliest accounts of Cambodia and other destination countries of early missionaries in the region. More specifically it is the account with which Gabriel Quiroga de San Antonio, a Dominican missionary, attempted to draw the King of Spain into conquering the country in 1604. The book was introduced by the eminent French scholar, Antoine Cabaton and is translated into English, from the French edition of 1914, for the first time. It deals with the internal political turmoil in Cambodia and with attempts of the Portuguese, Spanish and Siamese to take advantage of the situation. Within the context of the geopolitics of the time, the author also describes other countries in which such trade rivalry was in progress and their rulers, e.g., Siam, the Moluccas, the Kingdoms of Champa and Cochinchina and the Philippines. Father Gabriel de San Antonio explicitly places his peregrinations around Asia in the context of the foundation of missionary and trading posts. This book is a must for scholars of Cambodia and for all those who want to better comprehend the troubled history of this country.

(Bangkok 1998; first English translation from 1604) ISBN 974-8434-35-4

220 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

52 22 019 Vann Nath, A CAMBODIAN PRISON PORTRAIT. ONE YEAR IN THE KHMER ROUGE’S S-21

The harrowing tale of a survivor of a secret prison known as Tuol Sleng or S-21, where more than 14,000 men, women and children were tortured and executed during the Khmer Rouge regime. The author is one of only a handful of people who can describe life in the prison. Upon entering S-21 in 1977, Vann Nath was beaten and tortured and almost starved to death. But because of his prior training as an artist, he was not killed: instead he was put to work painting portraits of Pol Pot, or "Brother Number One," leader of the Khmer Rouge’s cruel experiment in radical Maoism. When Vietnamese troops invaded Cambodia and entered the capital city in January 1979, toppling the Khmer Rouge government, Vann Nath escaped. By that point more than one million people throughout Cambodia had died from executions, starvation, forced labor, or disease as a result of the Khmer Rouge’s attempt to force an agrarian revolution. When a Museum of Genocide was created on the grounds of the former prison at the end of 1979, Vann Nath went back to Tuol Sleng, working there for several years. He returned to his former craft, painting scenes of prison life so that visitors could learn of the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. His paintings hang in the museum today. Vann Nath’s words and paintings, published here, stand as a testimony to the horrors of Pol Pot’s Cambodia.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-48-6

136 pp., 8 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

16.50

53 7 563 Zepp, Ray, THE CAMBODIA LESS TRAVELED

An introductory guide to that "Other Cambodia". While trying to dispel the ugly images painted of Cambodia by the overseas press, it attempts to paint a true picture of the wonderful, as well as the not-so-wonderful, provinces of Cambodia, of the places considered safe for tourists to visit as well as the risks of traveling to certain zones. The author hopes to share with visitors and residents his joy in experiencing the sleepy backwaters of this beautiful country, and to demonstrate that travel in much of Cambodia is quite easy and safe for travelers of all budgets. It gives details to Phnom Penh residents of daytrips or weekend outings, and encourages tourists to spend an extra day or week in places they never dreamed existed!

(Phnom Penh 1996)

182 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 22.00

54 21 714 Zhou Mei, RADIO UNTAC OF CAMBODIA: WINNING EARS, HEARTS AND MINDS

This book offers a fascinating snapshot of Cambodia on the threshold of a new beginning. The United Nations’ decision to venture into broadcasting was a groundbreaking move. Radio UNTAC became a sensation and a household name in Cambodia. The contribution of Radio UNTAC to the stupendous voter turn-out in the election cannot be quantified. It is irrefutable that radio UNTAC played a pivotal role in convincing the electorate: "Your vote is secret." For planners of future missions, there are invaluable lessons to be learned from the experience of Radio UNTAC as a peacekeeping tool. For the general reader, this book offers an alternative to the microphone account of "mission" work. In the process, it records a chronicle of a country in transition as Cambodians defied the bullets and reached for peace via the ballots.

(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8496-17-1

153 pp., 24 pp. illus. in color, 145 x 210 mm,

pbk. 14.50

Economic & Social Issues

(Zed Books)

55 7 568 Carrere, Ricardo & Larry Lohmann, PULPING THE SOUTH. INDUSTRIAL TREE PLANTATIONS AND THE WORLD PAPER ECONOMY

Demand for paper is soaring. In its search for cheap wood to supply raw material, today’s pulp and paper industry is throwing its net ever wider across the world. One of the more disturbing results is the spread of fast-growing pulpwood plantations in the forests, pastures and farmlands of the South. Contesting the industry-propagated notion that all tree-planting must be benign, this path-breaking book shows how the new plantations are contributing to improverishment of people; degradation of soil, water and biodiversity; and rural strife in countries as diverse as Chile, South Africa and Indonesia. This book’s insights into the history, causes and workings of globalization in one of the world’s leading industries, and alternative papermaking will be of interest to activists, environmentalists, economists, geographers and development specialists alike.

(London 1996)

288 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 25.00

56 7 809 Fano, Alix, LETHAL LAWS. ANIMAL TESTING, HUMAN HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

For the past 150 years, chemicals have been tested on animals for the alleged purpose of protecting the public from their dangerous effects. Lethal Laws reveals that using animals as human surrogates is not only unethical, it is bad science. Alix Fano provides a meticulous analysis of the technical and scientific problems that have plagued animal tests for decades, but which have not been forcefully challenged until now. She shows how animal testing has been used as an alibi to allow the continued use of thousands of toxic chemicals. In a field dominated by male voices, this is a pioneering work by a woman that effectively demonstrates the causal link between animal testing and environmental degradation, and the subsequent deterioration of human health.

(London 1997)

256 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 18.00

57 8 198 Foreman, Martin (Ed.), AIDS AND MEN. TAKING RISK OR RESPONSIBILITY?

The global AIDS epidemic is driven by men. Men have more opportunity to contract and transmit HIV; men usually determine the circumstances of intercourse, and men often refuse to protect themselves and their partners. The first section of this book examines the relationship between men’s actions and AIDS worldwide, the impact of those actions on men and women and initiatives designed to help men protect themselves and their partners. The second section illustrates many different aspects of the relationship—from machismo in Mexico to drug injection in Russia, from men in prison in Brazil to men living with HIV in Thailand, from men as fathers in the Ivory Coast to men who have sex with men in Kenya. Men undoubtedly take risks in relation to HIV. Whether or not they should also take responsibility for transmission of the virus, and how they can do so, are questions that cannot be easily resolved. This book offers some insights.

(London & New York 1999)

250 pp., 125 x 200 mm, pbk. 23.00

58 8 195 Gordon, David & Paul Spicker (Eds), THE INTERNATIONAL GLOSSARY ON POVERTY

This unique international glossary provides an authoritative guide to some two hundred technical terms used in contemporary scholarly research on poverty. Each entry contains definitions and explanations, followed by a select reading list of relevant journal articles and books. The glossary has been compiled by scholars in a number of countries and international agencies with the aim of sensitizing those working in various disciplines as well as policy makers to the complexity of the issues relating to poverty. A special effort has been made to include non-Western approaches and concepts with a view to facilitating comparative poverty studies. An introduction by Robert Pinker of the London school of Economics examines the current state of poverty research.

(London & New York 1999)

174 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 12.50

59 7 976 Jomo, K. S. (Ed.), TIGERS IN TROUBLE. FINANCIAL GOVERNANCE, LIBERALISATION AND CRISES IN EAST ASIA

This important book provides a cogent critique of the nature of Southeast Asian capitalism. It argues that the crises are due not to excessive regulation, but to too much financial liberalization and a consequent undermining of monetary and fiscal governance. While recognizing some macroeconomic problems and abuses of state intervention in the region, the book also highlights the nature and implications of IMF and domestic policy responses which exacerbated the crises. It shows how the herd behavior of stock markets and injudicious official responses transformed an inevitable correction of overvalued currencies into wholesale collapse. The danger now is that the policies which built the success of Japan and the first wave of newly industrializing economies will no longer be available to the rest of the region. The analysis contained in this book raises profound questions which resonate way beyond the Asian region itself. They relate to the appropriate role of the state, the policies of the IMF and the viability of the deregulated free market capitalist model which these and other Third World countries have been encouraged to pursue.

(London & Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-59-1

272 pp., 150 x 215 mm, pbk. 13.50

60 7 810 Kaufman, Michael & Harold Dilla Alfonso (Eds), COMMUNITY POWER & GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY. THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIAL LIFE

The authors of the present book, in refreshing contrast to the tendency to skate over the internal divisions and stratification that characterise all communities, ask the hard questions. Of course, it is exciting if community participation can lead to social and personal empowerment, economic development and socio-political transformation. But what of the obstacles: the power of central bureaucracies, the lack of local skills and organizational experience, the impact of national and transnational structures, and social divisions? The scholars from Central America who have worked together for many years to research these and related questions in their own countries have produced a path-breaking book. Not only does the reader learn an immense amount about the strengths and weaknesses, the limits as well as potential, of community initiatives in the South, but the new social movements approach is skilfully married with resource mobilization theory to develop a more nuanced and inclusive theoretical paradigm.

(London 1997)

240 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 25.00

61 7 872 Martin, Hans-Peter & Harald Schumann, THE GLOBAL TRAP. GLOBALIZATION AND THE ASSAULT ON PROSPERITY AND DEMOCRACY

This remarkable book explores the spread of globalization and the likely consequences for jobs and democracy. The book opens a private seminar attended by 500 chief executives of major corporations, leading politicians and intellectuals in San Francisco. The conclusions were devastating. The biggest manu-facturers, while shifting production away from the industrial countries, foresee a technological future in which only a fifth of the world current workforce will be needed. Millions will be unemployed and a growing gulf between the low paid and the well off will be the consequences. But, Martin and Schumann argue, we do not have to be mere cogs in a brutal global dynamic. Democratic power and economic prosperity do not have to give way to unstoppable technological and economic progress. The primacy of politics over the economy and the care of the state must, and can, be reasserted. A left wing view, trying to protect union power and privileged classes in some developed countries, and to prevent the shift to low labour cost countries, is the main line of the book.

(London 1997)

280 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 22.00

62 8 196 Matsui, Yayori, WOMEN IN THE NEW ASIA

This book charts the effects of the economic boom on women across Asia by one of Japan’s leading journalists and demonstrates how Asian women are coping with rapid economic change, which is often accompanied by the widespread infringement of human rights. The author looks at the lives of women in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Nepal, and Korea, exploring the impact of globaliz-ation, sexual violence, and development projects. She also describes women’s co-ops, democratization movements, and unionization and finds women across Asia resisting the dictatorship of development, the feminization of poverty, and patriarchal values.

(London & New York 1999)

204 pp., 135 x 215 mm 17.50

63 7 569 McCully, Patrick, SILENCED RIVERS. THE ECOLOGY AND POLITICS OF LARGE DAMS

Dams have been associated with natural disasters and broken economic and development dreams. Yet the major donor agencies continue to rely on their alleged potential to harness energy and water resources. The author, a former co-editor of The Ecologist, has done an admirable job in bringing together enormously instructive information from a scientific, ecological, social and economic perspective.

(London 1996)

366 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 30.00

64 8 298 MacEwan, Arthur, NEO-LIBERALISM OR DEMOCRACY? ECONOMIC STRATEGY, MARKETS, AND ALTERNATIVES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Is it true that there is no alternative to the neo-liberal ideology of free trade, deregulation of markets, and government abandonment of social programmes? Must we accept, in the name of globalization, the relentless pressure to reduce wages and cut social spending? Can poor countries pursue no other route to development but opening their economies to global forces? The author sets out to explore these questions. In doing so, he subjects central tenets of modern economics to trenchant criticism. He argues that current policies are delivering neither sustained economic growth nor many of the other fundamentals of people’s wellbeing. He also argues that it is possible to construct a democratic economic strategy that produces growth and equity, while protecting the environment and securing local communities.

(London 1999)

267 pp., 135 x 225 mm, pbk. 19.50

65 8 055 Shutt, Harry, THE TROUBLE WITH CAPITALISM. AN ENQUIRY INTO THE CAUSES OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC FAILURE

Recent instability in financial markets has dramatically shaken confidence in the global economic order. Is the current variant of "free market" capitalism really sustainable? This remarkable book—completed before the outbreak of financial turmoil in Asia—anticipates such a development and explains the underlying worldwide economic fragility it has revealed. Its disturbing findings are that the crisis stems from certain fundamental economic tendencies:

1. The growing redundancy of both labor and capital resulting from a combination of changing technologies and chronic slow growth since the 1970s;

2. The desperate struggle of organized capital to prevent its redundancy from being reflected in a fall in the price of financial assets (i.e. a market crash comparable to that of the 1930s)—by resorting to various artifical methods of sustaining market values.

3. The consequent distortion of official policy (in areas like corporate subsidies, taxation, pensions and privatization) in order to help maintain the value of capital.

This book exposes the sham of the new laissez-faire prospectus. In fact, state power and resources are increasingly being used to prop up capital while pretending that the aim is to roll back the frontiers of the state. The political impact of these tendencies, including the growing perversion of democratic processes, is also examined. The implication of the author’s startling conclusion—that the maximization of profit must cease to be the main basis for allocating resources—are profound.

(London & Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-64-8

238 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 16.50

66 8 197 Singh, Kavaljit, THE GLOBALIS-ATION OF FINANCE

Globalization of finance has now surpassed the globalization of production and taken on a life of its own. No longer associated with flows of real resources, international trade or productive investment, but merely attracted by short-term speculative gains, these volatile financial flows make it difficult for governments to pursue independent economic policies that are inconsistent with the interests of global finance capital. This book argues that the global economy itself has become highly vulnerable. What is now needed are effective regulatory mechanisms, backed up by citizen action, to exercise social control over global finance capital. Here at last is a citizen’s guide to what is happening in the rapidly changing virtual reality of big money: who the players are (Fidelity Investments, Mercury Asset Management and the other huge mutual fund managers), and the complex world of financial derivatives they trade in. Above all, what have these mega flows of hot money actually done to countries on the receiving end? Mexico yesterday, then Southeast Asia and South Korea, now Russia. Which countries tomorrow?

(London & New York 1999)

203 pp., 140 x 215 mm, pbk. 23.00

67 7 848 Visvanathan, Nalini et al. (Eds), THE WOMEN, GENDER & DEVELOPMENT READER

Third World women were long the undervalued and ignored actors in the development process but are now recognized by scholars, practitioners and policy makers alike as playing a critical role. As the first compre-hensive reader for undergraduates and development practitioners, this book presents the best of the now vast body of literature that has grown up alongside this acknowledgement. The book has a guide for further reading with each chapter.

(London 1997)

410 pp., 155 x 235 mm, pbk. 16.50

 

Ceramics

68 5 134 Fujiwara, Hiroshi, KHMER CERAMICS FROM THE KAMRATAN COLLECTION

The Kamratan Collection is one of the very few private collections of Khmer wares in Asia, and is noteworthy both in terms of quality and quantity. More than 130 pieces are illustrated in this book, which is derived from the catalog published by the Toyama Museum of Fine Art where the collection was exhibited in 1988. The book includes an introduction by Dawn F. Rooney, an art historian and author of Khmer Ceramics, in which the types, technology, characteristics, and shapes of Khmer wares are examined and exemplified by reference to the collection.

(Bangkok, Singapore 1990) ISBN 974-8495-39-6

128 pp., 147 col. illus., 29 b & w illus., 2 maps,

190 x 250 mm 27.00

69 4 841 Guy, John, CERAMIC TRADITIONS OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA

This text provides an introduction to the glazed ceramic traditions of Southeast Asia. The ceramic wares of Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam are discussed, including the evolution of forms and glazes and related kiln technology. The relationship of ceramic forms to indigenous metal vessels and architectural sculpture is also examined.

(Singapore 1989)

96 pp., 25 col. illus., 50 b & w illus., 190 x

250 mm 27.00

70 3 782 Labbé, Armand J., BAN CHIANG: ART AND PREHISTORY OF NORTHEAST THAILAND

An exhibition catalog showing many objects not depicted in other books. This book on the early bronze age culture in mainland Southeast Asia is presently the only available work of its kind. Over half is devoted to bronze artifacts while the rest shows beads and pottery.

(Santa Anna 1985)

86 pp., fully illus., partly in color, 215 x 275 mm,

pbk. 19.50

71 4 623 Ito, Kenji, THAI CERAMICS FROM THE SOSAI COLLECTION

The exceptional ceramic wares produced in Thailand between the 13th and 15th centuries from Sukhothai and Sawankhalok and northern kilns such as those at Kalong and Sankampaeng are the subject of this richly illustrated book by a collector and scholar of Thai ceramics. Originally published in Japanese in 1985 as a catalog for an exhibition at the Toyama Museum of Fine Art, this English edition has been revised and extended, and includes twenty new illustrations.

(Singapore, Bangkok 1989) ISBN 974-8495-29-9

136 pp.,fully illus., 27 b & w and 105 color illus.,

2 maps, 190 x 250 mm 29.00

72 21 268 Shaw, J. C., NORTHERN THAI CERAMICS

This second edition retains the original text as published by Oxford University Press in 1981, but has been brought fully up to date with a new preface and footnotes which tell of the latest discoveries at the northern kilns, excavations at Sisatchanalai, and the Tak Hilltop Burial Sites. Additional appendices on "Potters’ marks," "Fakes," and "the Tak Burials" have been included. The number of full color pages has been increased from 32 to 80 and many new pieces are illustrated.

(Chiang Mai 1989)

254 pp., fully illus., 80 pp. in color, 195 x

260 mm 65.00

73 3 547 Southeast Asian Ceramic Society,

 

A CERAMIC LEGACY OF ASIA’S MARITIME TRADE. SONG DYNASTY GUANGDONG WARES AND OTHER 11th TO 19th CENTURY TRADE CERAMICS FOUND ON TIOMAN ISLAND, MALAYSIA

The is the catalog of the Second Members Exhibition of the West Malaysia Chapter of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Society held in the Musium Seni Asia, University of Malaysa. The exhibition, based on some 1,600 ceramic finds, both sherds and complete wares, found on the island of Tioman, represents a small but durable element of the trade which once prospered on the wealth of the natural products in this region. Where possible the sherds have been matched to whole vessels in museums and private collections in Malaysia, to illustrations of similar wares, to finds at other trading sites and to archeological material from kiln sites, so as to give a picture, in ceramics, of the part played by Malaysia and its islands in the maritime trade between China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East over the last eight centuries.

(Kuala Lumpur 1985)

160 pp., fully illus., 48 pp. in color, 215 x

305 mm, 65.00

China

74 4 343 Capon, Edmund, QIN SHIHUANG: TERRA-COTTA WARRIORS AND HORSES

Catalog of the exhibition of Qin Dynasty archeological treasures held in Australia in 1983, including an extensive historical introduction, descriptions of objects, maps, chronological tables, and bibliography.

(Victoria 1983)

96 pp., illus. in color, 210 x 275 mm, pbk. 15.00

75 5 319 Wang Shixiang, CONNOISSEURSHIP OF CHINESE FURNITURE: MING AND EARLY QING DYNASTIES

The work comprises two volumes. The first discusses: Ming and Early Qing Furniture; The Types and Form of Furniture; Construction and Joinery; Decoration; Materials; the Problems of Dating and Alterations. Volume 2 contains the illustrations, photos and drawings.

(Hong Kong 1990)

226+190 pp., fully illus., 235 x 310 mm,

2 vols in slipcase *99.50

Indonesia

 

76 22 070 Eiseman, Fred B., ULAT-ULATAN: TRADITIONAL BASKETRY IN BALI

Available here, for the first time, is a detailed description of Ulat-ulatan, traditional Balinese basketry, covering all of the traditional types of Balinese baskets and related woven materials, the materials from which they are made, and photographs and diagrams of how they are made. Utilitarian Balinese basketry as a craft has long lived in the shadow of the more heavily hyped, flamboyant painting, silverwork, and wood carving. Yet basketry is much more a product of traditional Balinese culture than these other forms that have been specifically created for the tourist trade and are seldom used by Balinese people themselves. Long before souvenir seekers arrived in Bali, basketry was being made in almost exactly the same fashion as one sees it today. No Balinese household can function without half a dozen or more varieties of these products, all made by hand from native materials to meet the needs of daily chores. They are rugged, light in weight, cheap, functional, and available in every village market. They represent a craft made by Balinese people for Balinese consumption. Visitors to Bali will find that these crafts may be just as useful or even decorative in their own homes.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-89-3

285 pp., illus. 8 pp. color illus., 210 x 290 mm,

pbk. 29.50

77 6 307 Heppell, Michael, MASKS OF KALIMANTAN

A uniquely graphic look into the ritualistic past of Borneo. This catalog contains 44 full color illustrations of the ritual masks worn by the Dayaks of Borneo.

(Melbourne 1992)

71 pp., 24 pp. illus. in color, 210 x 225 mm,

pbk. 20.00

78 8 184 Hose, Charles & William McDougall, THE PAGAN TRIBES OF BORNEO. VOL 1.

The first volume of the classic work on the ethnography of Borneo which can be read in its own right. The text, photographs, and sketches vividly document a way of life that has now practically disappeared. Chapters include: the Geography of Borneo, Life on the Rivers, Life in the Jungle, War, Handicrafts, and Decorative Art. Based on Hose’s twenty years as a colonial administrator among the peoples of Sarawak, this account presents the life-work of a dedicated observer and is an indispensable source for the cultures of central Borneo. An extensive introduction by Brian Durrans contextualizes Hose’s work.

(Singapore 1993; repr. from 1912)

519 pp., 143 pp. illus., 145 x 220 mm 30.00

79 21 970 Iyer, Alessandra, PRAMBANAN: SCULPTURE AND DANCE IN ANCIENT JAVA

A study of the dance reliefs of the ninth century AD temple of Siwa at the Prambanan complex in central Java. Previous attempts at identification of these ancient reliefs were hampered by inadequate movement analysis of the dance portrayed but in this book, for the first time, a complete identification is presented, through a re-interpretation of the archaeological data. Using both movement analysis and comparison with an authoritative reconstruction model, the author rigorously examines each of the 62 reliefs and identifies them as representations of the karana (dance movement units) of the Sanskrit text from India on dance and drama, the Natyasastra. These reliefs almost cetainly depict lord Siwa. They point to the presence throughout Asia of the karana dance tradition wherever Saivism flourished and as they predate any equivalent series found in India, they suggest that the idea of karana sculptural series originated outside India and only subsequently reached the sub-continent.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8434-12-5

223 pp., 225 illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 22.50

80 3 835 Kartomi, Margaret J., MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF INDONESIA

An introduction to the musical instruments of Indonesia. Originally an introductory handbook to an exhibition of these musical instruments, this publication contains a description of the intruments, a discography, selected bibliography, and notes on the exhibition.

(Melbourne 1985)

60 pp., 48 pp. illus., partly in color, 205 x 225 mm,

pbk. 14.75

81 21 627 Thong, Denny, A PSYCHIATRIST IN PARADISE: TREATING MENTAL ILLNESS IN BALI

The book tells the story of a most remarkable attempt by an Indonesian doctor trained in Western medicine, and in charge of a western-style hospital in Bali in Indonesia, to use traditional healing practices in the treatment of mental illness. Bali, idealized by many as the archetypal island paradise, has its fair share of mental illness and, within its traditional culture, has developed ways of dealing with such illness that are significantly different from those traditionally espoused by Western medicine, but which are now beginning to gain support in the West. For nearly two decades Dr. Denny Thong strove to integrate modern (Western) health care systems with Balinese customs, decentralizing treatment to the villages, reorganizing the hospital to become a focal point of the community and, most controversially, utilizing the services of traditional healers. Dr. Thong closely studied the ways in which the traditional healers worked, and his survey of the healers and his descriptions and analyses of their procedures add immeasurably to our knowledge of the subject.

(Bangkok 1993) ISBN 974-8495-77-9

216 pp., 150 x 210 mm 27.50

82 21 751 Bassenne, Marthe, IN LAOS AND SIAM

This diary describes the adventures and observations of a French woman during a trip up the Mekong to Luang-Prabang and back through Siam. At the end of 1909 the territorial situation in Indochina was largely consolidated and Marthe Bassenne’s book provides a first glimpse of the extent of the French efforts to open up the eagerly fought-over hinterland of Tonkin, Annam and Cochinchina. The Mekong and the Lao jungles were as wild and as deadly as ever and this trip to experience the New Year festivities in Luang-Prabang is full of adventures with local people and wild nature. On the way back, through the northeastern Siamese provinces of Nongkhai, Uttaradit and Phitsanuloke the feelings of the indigenous people towards a French woman, are faithfully recorded. For, while this book is factually correct in its details, it is so much the richer for its emphasis on impressions and personal feelings personal feelings of one of the rare woman travelers in this part of the Far East. The beautiful original photographs of the first edition overwhelm the reader and immerse him in a wild world long forgotten . . . jungles and natural resources that are today, once again, ready to be developed.

 

(Bangkok 1995, First English translation from 1912) ISBN 974-8496-29-5

144 pp., illus., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

83 21 765 Carné, Louis de, TRAVELS ON THE MEKONG: CAMBODIA, LAOS, AND YUNNAN

This book is a report of the most famous expedition in Indochina, i.e., the exploration of the Mekong as a trade route and as a route to build political influence in Indochina. This French official mission toiled under duress for two years, losing its commander on the way, and it made, for the first time, a systematic description of the great river and its surrounding peoples and natural resources. Louis de Carné was the representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and in charge of writing the trade and political report on the findings of the Commission. The book does more than that as it takes up the history of particular areas in some detail to place the French prospects for gaining influence in perspective. Illustrated with original sketches, many of which were made by L. Delaporte, another member of the mission, this book is essential reading for all those who seek to understand the background of today’s geo-political changes and the new attempts to tap the rich sources of the river, its tributary valleys, and its peoples.

(Bangkok 1995, repr. from 1869)

ISBN 974-8496-31-7

417 pp., 27 pp. illus., 1 folded map, 150 x 215 mm, pbk. 27.50

84 22 074 Chazée, Laurant, THE PEOPLES OF LAOS: RURAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITIES

This book is the first comprehensive study conducted in Laos combining research on ethnic culture and indigenous values and the present socio-economic development. The 132 identified ethnic groups and sub-groups belong to the four linguistic families represented in Laos: Tai, Austroasiatic, Miao-Yao, and Sino-Tibetan. For each linguistic family, a detailed case study shows the ethno-linguistic specificity, as well as the institutional and socio-economic com-plexity. 132 maps give the geographic distribution of each group in Laos, while a large folded map shows the national linguistic and ethnic distribution pattern. For 56 ethnic groups and sub-groups, pictures cover people, habitat, agro-ecosystems, production systems and ethnic-related activities and handicrafts.

This publication describes the peoples’ diversity in the rural areas of Laos during the period 1992-1999. Specifically, the research, based on inter-disciplinary and participatory approacheshistorical, ethno-linguistic, institutional, religious and natural resource management diversities of the rural communities—was conducted for a better understanding of the values and organizations of the rural communities. In the current period of world globalization, with the persistent challenge of poverty reduction through human development and gender issues, this study highlights great people and rural mosaics, and the still retained authenticity of Laos. If this cultural richness is not understood and preserved, several positive and environmentally friendly indigenous groups will continue to lose ground, sometimes at great social and environmental cost. This work contributes to a better knowledge of the indigenous values and systems of the ethnic groups, who are, or should be, the key partners and decision-makers in conceiving and implementing socio-economic development programs.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-86-9

200 pp., illus., 70 pp. color illus., 1 folded map in pocket, 210 x 290 mm, pbk. 32.50

85 21 865 Delaporte, Louis & Francis Garnier,

A PICTORIAL JOURNEY ON THE OLD MEKONG: CAMBODIA, LAOS AND YUNNAN. Vol. 3 of the Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866-1868)

In this third part of the Mekong Exploration Commission Report, 1866-1868, published as an oversized volume with numerous splendid color plates and four maps, the journey along the Mekong is retraced using plates not published in the two other volumes on the Mekong Expedition as well as by masterfully drawn color plates of tribal costumes from the regions the Commission passed through. This volume graphically supplements the descriptive reports of the Com-mission’s work and can be read fruitfully in its own right as a journey along the Old Mekong.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8496-76-7

225 pp., fully illus., partly in color, 210 x 290 mm,

pbk 50.00

86 21 720 THE FRENCH IN INDOCHINA

At the time of its first publication in 1879, this was the first record in English of the French penetration into Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia which led, within a few years, to French colonization of the region. Making extensive use of first-hand accounts, the anonymous author provides the essence of the major exploratory travels of the time. Discussed are: Henri Mouhot’s pioneering 1860 account of his ascent of the middle and upper Mekong; Francis Garnier’s bold exploration of Cambodia, Laos, Tonkin and Yunnan and Dr. A. Morice’s peregrinations among the little-known towns of French Cochinchina. All the first-hand, full reports—in English translations—of these explorations are also available from White Lotus Press.

(Bangkok 1994, reprint from 1890)

ISBN 974-8496-14-7

152 pp., 32 pp. illus., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 14.50

87 21 863 Garnier, Francis, TRAVELS IN CAMBODIA AND PART OF LAOS. Vol. 1 of the Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866-1868)

Travels in Cambodia and Part of Laos is the first part of the Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866-1868), one of the most important expeditions sent to the Indo-China region to explore trade routes. The French expedition compiled a wealth of new information, drew maps, and produced a substantial number of engravings of Laos. It ended in Luang Prabang where the Commission stayed some months. While the original objective to ascertain that the Mekong River could be used as a trade route between Yunnan and the Delta was not achieved, the Commission’s political and socio-economic information was invaluable for France’s expansion in Indochina. A new map of Indochina as surveyed by the Commission is included in this book. (Bangkok 1996, first English translation from 1869-71) ISBN 974-8496-73-2

370 pp., 43 black & white illus., 140 x 210 mm,

1 folded map, pbk. 35.00

88 21 864 Garnier, Francis, FURTHER TRAVELS IN LAOS AND IN YUNNAN. Vol. 2 of the Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866-1868)

This second volume contains the report of the Commission’s travels in Upper Laos and in Yunnan. It ended with the return of the Commisson via China and reports on the dramatic Muslim uprising in Southern China. Several attempts to identify trade routes on the Mekong by the Commission’s most famous member, Francis Garnier, are also included in the report.

(Bangkok 1996, first English translation from 1869-71) ISBN 974-8496-75-9

301 pp., 30 black & white illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 30.00

89 22 018 Gunn, Geoffrey C., THERAVADINS, COLONIALISTS AND COMMISSARS IN LAOS

This overview ranges across the history, sociology, politics and economy of this small landlocked kingdom turned People’s Republic. Theravadins stand for the majority Lao Loum Buddhist population. Commissars stand for the soldier-bureaucrats who struggled to rebuild Laos in a communist mould. Colonialists stand as a metaphor for the French, and their American successors, who supported the kingdom in the long civil war against Cold War adversaries. Once a synonym for war and revolution, Laos today is a nation struggling to take its place in the prosperity of the ASEAN economies. However, the question of how the communist Pathet Lao movement triumphed against all adversity, remains unanswered. After the victory, the question arises of how successful the first generations of communist rulers have been in managing this country, even by their own standards? This book weaves together a number of threads in the endeavor to answer these and other questions. The book is divided in five parts: Facts and Theory; anti-Colonial Stirrings; Civil War; Men who Make History; State, Nation and Army and Problems of Development. An overview of recent research and suggestions for the way forward concludes the book. While the book forms a unity, the essays stand alone and may be read as parallel histories in their own right.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-39-7

290 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 22.50

90 21 952 Harmand, F. J., LAOS AND THE HILLTRIBES OF INDOCHINA: JOURNEYS TO THE BOLOVEN PLATEAU, FROM BASSAC TO HUE THROUGH LAOS, AND TO THE ORIGINS OF THE THAI

A report of explorations undertaken in Laos and present-day Vietnam by one of the main architects of French expansion in Southeast Asia. For the first part of his explorations, Dr. Francois Jules Harmand concentrated his journey of early 1877 on exploring the Boloven Plateau. His attention was focused especially on natural history and on the tribes living in this area. The second part of his exploration brought him to river valleys in Central Laos and the country of the Pou Thay, the original stock of the Thais, with the objective of finding a route from Bassac on the Mekong to Hué on the Vietnamese coast. The value of his observations on nature, people and political relations is only surpassed by the intrinsic value of this account as an example of nineteenth century French colonialists at work.

(Bangkok 1997, first English translation from 1878-9) ISBN 974-8496-99-6

292 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 22.50

91 21 809 Lefèvre, Émile, TRAVELS IN LAOS: THE FATE OF THE SIP SONG PANA AND MUONG SING (1894-1896)

Written by a member of the famous Pavie Mission, this book describes a dramatic episode in the tale of French conquests in Indochina. The rivalry of British imperialism and French colonial activists, mostly operating from their Indochinese base in Saigon, reached its culmination when the Asian possessions of the superpowers met in Upper Laos. Several small states that had been able to preserve their relative independence by paying tribute to virtually all regional powers, were finally caught up in the endgame of colonial expansion. France was to be the victor this time and formerly neutral states such as Muong Sing, the Hua Pan Tang Ha Tang Hoc, the Sip Song Chu Tai and the Sip Song Pana, with their semi-independent rulers, were to disappear, to become present-day Laos and part of Vietnam. The story unfolds amidst the wild landscapes and fertile valleys of Upper Laos where, for centuries, different peoples, all with their particular customs, dress and languages, had fought each other for control of the land and the trade routes. The mission and Dr. Lefèvre spared no effort to travel the country back and forth until finally a Franco-British agreement settled the border and also the fate of the peoples. In many cases, Dr. Lefèvre was the first white man the tribes saw and he, in turn, was the last man to see their authentic life styles.

(Bangkok 1995, first English translation from 1898) ISBN 974-8496-38-4

229 pp., 130 x 200 mm, pbk. 17.50

92 22 003 Marini, G. F. de, A NEW AND INTERESTING DESCRIPTION OF THE LAO KINGDOM (1642-1648)

This account was written by the Italian Jesuit G. F. de Marini based on several sources, the most important of which was his colleague G. M. Leria who worked in Laos from 1642 to 1648. It is one of the few very early accounts of that kingdom available. Originally recorded in Italian and published in 1663, the descriptive parts of the account were published in French in 1666. They appear here for the first time in English. The account deals with the considerable riches and power of the Lao kingdom during this period. It provides information, recorded through the eyes of a Jesuit, on the religion, customs, livelihood and natural qualities of the Lao people and on the much talked about splendor of the Court and religious ceremonies in Laos.

(Bangkok 1998, first English translation from 1663) ISBN 974-8434-13-3

153 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

93 21 951 Neis, P., TRAVELS IN UPPER LAOS AND SIAM, WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE CHINESE HAW INVASION AND PUAN RESISTANCE

A report of an exploration undertaken in 1882 in Upper Laos and the border areas between British Burma, China, Vietnam and Siam by Doctor Neis under the auspices of the French Minister of Public Education. Searching for knowledge about the local tribes and a commercially viable trade route from the Mekong valley to Annam or Tonkin (present-day Vietnam), Doctor Neis met the Puan people fleeing from armed Chinese Haw bandits who had destroyed the Puan kingdom and threatened to invade large parts of the valleys that are the Laotian tributaries to the Mekong. Doctor Neis found himself in dire straits, fleeing in his turn from the approaching Haw and eventually returning to Luang Prabang. He explored the Nam Ou valley in Central Laos and described the local customs. From Luang Prabang, he undertook the exploration of the Siamese vassal states in the present-day Golden Triangle, and, besides the flourishing opium trade, also found the British traders doing well. Descending through Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, he provided a prophetic picture of expanding British interests and of the struggle between the local northern vassals and residents sent by the Bangkok government of King Chulalongkorn.

(Bangkok 1997, first English translation from 1884) ISBN 974-8496-89-9

158 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

94 6 550 Ovesen, Jan, ANTHROPOLOGICAL RECONNAISSANCE IN CENTRAL LAOS

This report is the result of a short-term anthropological consultancy which formed part of the feasibility study for the future construction of a dam and hydroelectric power plant in a rather remote area of central Laos. The author concludes that in contrast to (anthro-pologists’ opinion of) so many other development projects, the present project will have mainly beneficial effects on the local population. In one part of the project area the population pressure and consequent shortening of fallow periods make the continuation of swidden farming progressively less viable. The other part of the area consists of a flat plain where paddy cultivation dominates, and conditions for the further development of wet-rice agriculture are good. It is envisaged that the hydro-power project may directly or indirectly induce many of the swidden agriculturalists to move into the plain and become paddy farmers, which is both economically and ecologically prefereable.

(Bangkok 1999) 974-8434-72-9

88 pp., illus., 165 x 245 mm, pbk. 22.00

95 21 941 Parker, James E. Jr., CODENAME MULE. FIGHTING THE SECRET WAR IN LAOS FOR THE CIA

Recruited by the CIA in 1970 after an infantry tour in Vietnam Jim Parker—codename "Mule"—led a band of Hmong tribesmen and Thai mercenaries against mainline North Vietnamese forces on the Plain of Jars and in defense of Skyline Ridge. With this compelling memoir he provides unparalleled insights into the Agency’s extensive covert actions in Laos and the men who conducted them. The largest paramilitary operation ever carried out by the CIA, it was a war Americans never heard about. But now Parker, with the CIA’s approval, reveals the details and captures the esprit de corps of the American case officers and pilots and their special bond with the Hmong warriors and their families.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8434-05-2

234 pp., 30 pp. illus., 150 x218 mm, pbk. 19.50

 

96 22 052 Pavie, Auguste, MISSION PAVIE, INDOCHINE, 1879-1895. GÉOGRAPHIE ET VOYAGES VII. JOURNAL DE MARCHE (1888-1889). ÉVÉNEMENTS DU SIAM (1891-1893)

A reprint of the French version of the Mission Pavie’s seventh volume. Extremely rare and politically the most notorious of the whole series, it contains the dealings of A. Pavie with the Chinese irregular Black Flags, his wanderings along the Chinese border and in the Pou Eun areas, as well as Pavie’s unusual version of the gunboat incident at Paknam in 1893 and the skirmishes between Siamese soldiers and French political agents on the Mekong and on the borders of Thailand that led up to it. This volume was destroyed and is missing in most collections. This is a reprint of 300 copies only.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1919; French text)

380 pp. illus., 3 maps, 210 x 290 mm 95.00

 

97 22 076 Pavie, Auguste, PAVIE MISSION EXPLORATION WORK. Vol. 1 of the Pavie Mission Indochina Papers (1879-1895)

Volume 1 is the first part of The Pavie Mission Indochina Papers (1879-1895), written by Auguste Pavie himself it provides an overview of exploration work done in Cambodia, Siam, Laos and Tonkin. The various French expeditions, carried out by a score of prominent researchers under the name Mission Pavie, not only compiled a wealth of new scientific and historical information and details of natural history and drew up maps—especially of disputed border areas between Laos, Siam, Cambodia, Yunnan and Vietnam—they also produced political results serving the pro-colonial faction in France. This book contains short descriptions of numerous journeys made in Cambodia, the Great Tonle-Sap Lake district between Siam and Cambodia, the Mekong in Cambodia, North Siam and its border areas with Laos, East Laos and its border areas with Tonkin, present-day Vietnam, and the Laotian areas bordering the middle part of Vietnam, then Annam. Together with a series of maps and itineraries published in Volume 2 of the series, Atlas of the Pavie Mission, that guide the reader through these still relatively remote areas, period photographs create an image of the adventurous world of nineteenth century Indochina.

(Bangkok 1999, First English translation of 1901, 1906) ISBN 974-8434-76-1

774 pp., 234 illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 35.00

98 22 073 Pavie, Auguste, ATLAS OF THE PAVIE MISSION. Vol. 2 of the Pavie Mission Indochina Papers (1879-1895)

This volume provides an overview of exploration work done in Cambodia, Siam, Laos and Vietnam by means of maps produced by the explorers and numerous itineraries of staff members of the mission. The various French expeditions, carried out by a score of prominent researchers under the name Mission Pavie, not only compiled a wealth of new scientific and historical information and details on natural history they also drew up accurate maps for areas where no western mapping work had previously been undertaken—especially in disputed border areas between Laos, Siam, Cambodia, Yunnan and Vietnam. This atlas also contains a number of color plates, masterpieces of the art of the time, that were incorporated in various research reports of the mission. Short descriptions place these in the context of the work of the Pavie Mission as documented in the other volumes in this series. However, this Atlas should be used together with Volume 1 of the series: Auguste Pavie, Pavie Mission Exploration Work. Laos, Cambodia, Siam, Yunnan & Vietnam.

(Bangkok 1999, First English translation from 1903) ISBN 974-8434-75-3

206 pp., 35 pp. illus. in color, 81 pp. maps, 210 x

290 mm, pbk. 35.00

99 22 114 Pavie, Auguste, TRAVELS REPORTS OF THE PAVIE MISSION. Vol. 3 of the Pavie Mission Indochina Papers (1879-1895)

This volume includes Auguste Pavie’s reports on his work in Upper Laos to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his vivid account of the destruction of Luang Prabang and parts of his diaries on the 1893 Paknam Gunboat Incident which was the pretext the French needed to detach the Laotian territories from Siam. An overview of exploration work and Pavie’s political dealings with the Black Flag irregulars in respect to their submission and the turning over of suzerainty to France is given. The ultimate goal—making a link suitable for use by traders between Hanoi and Luang-Prabang as well as other trade outlets on the Mekong—is also docu-mented. Reports on Laos cover the areas inhabited by the Puan and various Thai, Meo, and Kha tribes as well as insights into the politics of local warlords and functionaries appointed by the various suzerains of these valleys which are today part of Burma, Laos, and Yunnan in southern China. Volume 2 of this series, Atlas of the Pavie Mission, contains maps accom-panying these explorations and plates documenting the gunboat battle at Paknam in 1893.

(Bangkok 1999, First English translation from 1911, 1919) ISBN 974-8434-82-6

774 pp., 111 illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 35.00

100 21 815 Stuart-Fox, Martin, BUDDHIST KINGDOM, MARXIST STATE: THE MAKING OF MODERN LAOS

This study examines the history and politics of modern Laos from its establishment as a French colony in the late nineteenth century to the communist state it is today. While the first three chapters outline the struggle between France and Thailand for control over the territory of the present Lao state, the period of French administration, and the Kingdom of Laos from 1946 to 1975, the focus primarily is on the Lao People’s Democratic Republic during the first two decades of its existence. Themes taken up include the leadership of the Lao revolutionary movement, why the regime failed to carry through its policy of agricultural cooperativization, and its close relationship with Vietnam. Special attention is given to the transition from Buddhist kingdom to Marxist state, how the Lao communist hierarchy have attempted to legitimize their seizure and exercise of power, and how the Buddhist monastic order was reduced to a pliant instrument of the new regime. Other chapters assess the errors and achievements of the Lao revolution, the politics of patronage in present-day Laos, and the effectiveness of Lao foreign policy. The last two chapters weigh up the role of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and look to the future of Laos in the rapidly integrating region of mainland Southeast Asia.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-48-1

310 pp., 150 x 210 mm, 1 map, 6 illus., pbk. 17.50

101 22 017 Stuart-Fox, Martin, THE LAO KINGDOM OF LAN-XANG: RISE AND DECLINE

The book provides a narrative account of the great Lao kingdom that flourished in the middle Mekong region between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries. After an introductory chapter on the prehistory of Laos and migration of the Tai-Lao peoples, the foundation of a unified Lao kingdom is examined in the context of contending powers in mainland Southeast Asia. Among the events described are the Vietnamese invasion of the fifteenth century and subsequent consolidation of the Lao kingdom, the Burmese invasions of the following century and the arrival in the early seventeenth century of the first Europeans to visit the Lao capital of Viang Chan (Vientiane). The author shows how the inland Lao kingdom was disadvantaged with respect to coastal trading states and how the unitary Lao kingdom broke into three contending principalities in the early eighteenth century. This opened the way for Siamese domination of the Lao world. The last Lao attempt to shake off Siamese hegemony by King Anuvong of Viang Chan in the Lao-Siamese war of 1827-28 is examined in some detail because of the significance of its impact on subsequent relations between the independent states of Laos and Thailand. The book ends with the French annexation of Lao territories east of the Mekong in 1893.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-33-8

250 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 22.50

102 6 549 Trankell, Ing-Britt, ON THE ROAD IN LAOS. AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDY OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND RURAL COMMUNITIES

This study was carried out in 1991 and focuses on socio-economic issues in connection with a Swedish road construction program. It demonstrates that road building in many respects has adverse social and economic effects on the rural population of the area. The questions it raises as to the beneficial effects of development aid for the common population of subsistence farmers may be relevant for issues in development anthropology in general. The turbulent history of Laos from the Second World War to the Revolution of 1975 left the country with serious social, economic and technological problems, which the revolutionary government is still struggling to overcome. Swedish development aid to the Lao people’s Democratic Republic began in 1977 with cooperation in the forestry sector, and in 1987 the road transport sector was included in the Swedish aid program.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 9874-8434-73-7

99 pp., illus., 165 x 240 mm, pbk. 22.00

 

Natural History

103 22 010 McClure, H. Elliott, MIGRATION AND SURVIVAL OF THE BIRDS OF ASIA

This seminal work contains information on 724 bird species from East, Southeast and South Asia. Bird longevity and migrations are indicated by banding and returns collected during an eleven-year period, from 1963 until 1974. Birds have been suspected of being involved in the life cycles of several viral and rickettsial diseases. In Japan, an extensive study of the Japanese encephalitis virus suggested the involvement of migrating birds in its movements. But comprehensive information on bird migration routes in East Asia was not available. In this book the study of bird movements and their external parasites covers eleven countries and thirteen field stations. Although the banding work continued from 1963 until 1974, it has now been discontinued or reduced, except in Japan and India. Anyone interested in the distribution, movement, or survival of the birds of Asia or of the Northern Hemisphere will find this study an invaluable reference work.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-20-6

531 pp., 56 pp. illus., 46 pp. in color, 215 x 295 mm,

pbk. 65.00

104 21 201 McMakin, Patrick D., FLOWERING PLANTS OF THAILAND: A FIELD GUIDE

A standard work for serious students of Thailand’s natural history and those nature lovers who simply wish to learn the names of the flowers they encounter in their travels. It is a well-organized manual which will become a valuable reference. Divided into seven plant communities with definitive color plates for over 500 of Thailand’s common and rare flowering plants, this guide will make identifying species an enjoyable pastime.

(Bangkok 1999; 2nd revised edition)

ISBN 974-8495-64-7

248 pp., 104 pp. with 502 color photos, 150 x

210 mm 39.50

105 22 082 Pilai Poonswad, THE ASIAN HORNBILL: ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

The latest study on the hornbills is divided into 4 parts: hornbill populations and their conservation (8 articles); hornbill breeding biology and other behavior (7 articles); hornbill habitat and ecology (7 articles); methods for research and conservation (7 articles).

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-7577-79-8

355 pp., 195 x 265 mm 38.00

106 21 792 Piprell, Colin & Ashley J. Boyd, THAILAND’S CORAL REEFS: NATURE UNDER THREAT

This book brings the wonder and the mystery of the coral reef alive for the general reader. At the same time it provides sufficient information to make the book useful to anyone interested in environmental studies, marine biology, or sport diving. Indeed, armchair readers may be surprised to find themselves suddenly interested in learning to dive. Included in this book are:

Natural History (with a basic field guide to life on the coral reef)

Environmental pressures

Conservationist responses (Thailand as a case)

Prognosis from a global perspective

The coral reef is one of nature’s richest field laboratories, a great genetic archive matched only by the tropical rain forest. It is also one of Asia’s finest recreational assets. But this precious resource is everywhere under threat.

The brilliant photographs and lively text make Thailand’s Coral Reefs both fun and informative, both accessible to everyone and detailed enough to satisfy all but the most specialist readers.

(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-42-2

158 pp., fully illus. in color, 210 x 300 mm,

pbk. 29.95

107 X 2 754 Winkler, Manfred, FORAYS OF A SELF-STYLED ORCHID STALKER. THAI ORCHIDS OF THE LESSER-KNOWN KIND

A collection of 15 watercolors printed on carton and bundled in a folder; ideally suited for framing.

(Bangkok 1985)

in color, 220 x 300 mm 17.50

10 sets 95.00

 

 

Oxford University Press

(Kuala Lumpur) Titles on Thailand and Mainland SE Asia

108 8 123 Caddy, Florence, TO SIAM AND MALAYA IN THE DUKE OF SUTHERLAND’S YACHT SANS PEUR

Covering a journey through the Red Sea to India, Singapore, and Siam with a return via Malaya, Ceylon, and Egypt in a luxurious yacht, the book presents an entertaining and historically valuable account of exotic travel. Caddy, invited to join the yacht as "geographer and naturalist," offers first hand descriptions of court life and much information on the work she was engaged in.

(Singapore 1992; repr. from 1889)

372 pp., 1 p. illus., 1 map, 130 x 195 mm, pbk. 10.00

109 8 121 Choisy, Abbé de, JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE TO SIAM, 1685-1686

One of the most colorful characters of his day, Choisy was a libertine, courtier, priest and diplomat who in 1685 took on the astonishing mission to convert King Narai to Catholicism. In the form of daily journal entries written for a friend, the work is a lively and fluent portrait of Choisy’s experience in Siam. This first English translation of a classic of French travel writing is accompanied by a comprehensive intro-duction by Michael Smithies which places Choisy and his account in its historical context.

(Kuala Lumpur 1993)

325 pp., 16 pp. illus., 145 x 225 mm 22.00

110 522 Crawfurd, John, JOURNAL OF AN EMBASSY TO THE COURTS OF SIAM AND COCHIN CHINA

This first hand account of the first European mission to Thailand since the seventeenth century and the last British mission to Vietnam was for a century and a half the indispensable handbook for those interested in the 19th century politics and commerce of these countries. Crawfurd’s mission for the East India Company was of considerable historical importance, and there are also interesting descriptions of Penang, Malacca, and Singapore after the main text.

(Singapore 1987; repr. from 1828)

600 pp., 2 pp. illus., 1 folded map, 190 x

260 mm 30.00

111 8 081 Dumarçay, Jacques & Michael Smithies, CULTURAL SITES OF BURMA, THAILAND, AND CAMBODIA

The considerable number of mainland Southeast Asia’s ancient cultural sites are increasingly visited and appreciated by overseas travelers. The complex of Angkor in Cambodia is again open, and Burma has its equivalent in Pagan and in the more recent center of Mandalay, where the last Burmese king held court. Thailand has a large number of monumental architectural sites in addition to the well-known ones of Ayuthia and Sukhothai. The religious structures, those that have survived, are given prominence in this volume.

(Kuala Lumpur 1995)

156 pp., fully illus., 16 pp. in color, 195 x

255 mm 22.00

112 8 112 Finlayson, George, THE MISSION TO SIAM AND HUÉ, 1821-1822

The companion of John Crawfurd, the leader of the East India Company mission to Thailand and Vietnam (see above), Finlayson was a surgeon and naturalist. This account contains much useful information about the places, peoples, and customs encountered as well as interesting descriptions of the region’s flora and fauna. An introduction by David K. Wyatt usefully contextualizes Finlayson’s experience and text.

(Singapore 1988; repr. from 1826)

443 pp., 1 p. illus., 135 x 205 mm 22.00

113 8 073 Gosling, Betty, SUKHOTHAI: ITS HISTORY, CULTURE, AND ART

The extensive and impressive ruins of the north-central Thai city of Sukhothai are a testimony to a rich period of achievement in architecture, sculpture, painting, and ceramics from the mid-13th to the mid-15th centuries, Thailand’s "Golden Age." Until recently, however, the historical record of this Thai state, the facts of its founding, growth, and decline, were shrouded in mist and largely dependent on an unreliable oral tradition. Modern studies of abandoned stone inscriptions and archeological research have uncovered Sukhothai’s illustrious past. The author relies on these studies to construct a picture of the political, religious, and cultural life of the Sukhothai period.

(Singapore 1991)

153 pp., fully illus., 16 pp. in color, 195 x

255 mm 22.00

114 8 120 Peou, Sorpong, CONFLICT NEUTRALIZATION IN THE CAMBODIA WAR: FROM BATTLEFIELD TO BALLOT-BOX

This account by a Cambodian-Canadian scholar analyzes how the United Nations involvement in Cambodia between November 1991 and May 1993 managed to get the Cambodian adversaries to accept its peace plan, and then goes on to look at why its implementation process was not as successful as anticipated. The author proposes that a value-free psycho-structural approach to conflict analysis known as conflict neutralization (based on the concept of security rather than of power or peace) be considered. The author argues that Cambodia cannot stand on its own feet until everyone involved clearly understands its intractable problems.

(Kuala Lumpur 1997)

379 pp., 160 x 255 mm 37.00

115 5 136 Ringis, Rita, THAI TEMPLES AND TEMPLE MURALS

This book surveys the fundamental ancient Hindu and Buddhist concepts about the nature of the Universe and the place in it of man, gods, and guardian creatures as manifested in the traditions of Thai religious architecture and painting. The forces contributing to these traditions are examined from both a regional and historical perspective. The evolution of temple structures and ornately decorated assembly halls acquaint the reader with the significance and symbolism that is constant throughout Thai monastic architecture. The subject matter of temple murals is outlined through a detailed examination of murals depicting the life of the Buddha. An extensive study with numerous historical prints.

(Singapore 1990)

269 pp., fully illus., 16 pp. in color, 195 x

260 mm 22.00

116 8 075 Ringis, Rita, ELEPHANTS OF THAILAND IN MYTH, ART, AND REALITY

This book surveys a wide range of elephant lore in Thailand, past and present. Early Thai writings, both sacred and secular, centuries-old European travelers’ tales, and more recent diplomatic correspondence with the West concerning the role of the elephant in Thai life are touched upon, providing an interesting historical perspective. Also explained are the religious, artistic, and literary backgrounds underpinning Thai attitudes to elephants, both real and mythical. The elephants of present-day Thailand are also described, whether as the rarely glimpsed wild herds, as "students" in the unique elephant training school, as workers in forests, or as participants in the great annual round-up at Surin.

(Kuala Lumpur 1996)

224 pp., fully illus., 16 pp. in color, 195 x

255 mm 22.00

117 2 924 Smith, Malcolm, A PHYSICIAN AT THE COURT OF SIAM

This intimate and revealing picture of the life of the royal household of the Chakri rulers of Thailand some ninety years ago was written by one of the few Europeans privileged to have access to the inner sanctum of the royal palace. This opportunity came to the author on his appointment as court physician, first in an official capacity and then privately to Queen Saowapa, the first Queen of King Chulalongkorn and the mother of Thailand’s next two monarchs. The book is written around her life and the life of the court unfolds in relationship to her.

(Singapore 1986)

165 pp., 24 pp. illus., 140 x 215 mm, pbk. 10.00

 

Religion

118 21 465 GUIDE TO THE TIPITAKA: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BUDDHIST CANON

This Guide to the Tipitaka offers both authoritative descriptions of Theravada Buddhist doctrine and summaries of all the texts of the Burmese version of the Tipitaka, the three collections of Buddhist teachings venerated as canonical. This Burmese version is unique in that it includes three texts not found in the Thai or Sri Lankan editions of the canon. These are the Nettipakarana, the Petakopadesa, and the celebrated Milindapanha. Thus, we have in this Guide a text which will aid in the understanding of the Pali canon in its most extensive form, thereby embracing by implication all the traditions of Theravada Buddhism. An improved reprint from a Burmese version.

(Bangkok 1993) ISBN 974-8495-72-8

216 pp., 150 x 220 mm, pbk. 15.00

119 21 973 Khemananda, K., KNOW NOT A THING

The book provides insights and guidance into the practice of dynamic meditation, which derives from the saying of the Buddha "Whenever you see things, just see. Whenever you listen, just listen. Whenever you know, just know." The essence of dynamic meditation is the awareness of things on the basis of bodily movement, without focussing the mind on any object. One may come to realize the essence of the mind by being aware of thought processes. The book explains the difference between static and dynamic meditation, and also traces the author’s own search for true awareness.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8434-08-7

166 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

120 7 561 Nai Pan Hla & Ryuji Okudaira, ELEVEN MON DHAMMASAT TEXTS

Bibliotheca Codicum Asiaticorum 6. Sla Pat Dhammasat Padai Lakthak Smin Samanta, Sla Pat Pnon Thaw Dhammasat Ron, (Dhammavilasa) Dhammasat, Dhammasat Manu Rasi Ron, Sla Pat Pnon Thaw Mno Isi Dhammasat, Dhammasat Pak Pa Ra’Sgut Swat A-ai Tma-ai, Dhammasat, Sla Pat Dhammasat Ron, Lik Pnon Thaw, Sla Pat Dhammasat Pnon Thaw, Lik Wwa’Dhammasat Ron-A-au. The texts are photographically reproduced together with English translations. The origin of the Burmese Dhammasat, the oldest Theravada Buddhist influenced legal code in southeast Asia, has long been ascribed to the Mon Dhammasat, but no textual study has ever been attempted to substantiate this assumption. This is understandably due to the prevailing unavailability of Mon legal documents, of which only titles have so far been identified.

(Tokyo 1992)

620 pp., 190 x 265 mm 60.00

121 5 099 Sao Htun Hmat Win, THE INITIATION OF NOVICEHOOD AND THE ORDINATION OF MONKHOOD IN THE BURMESE BUDDHIST CULTURE

A book based on a case study of an initiation ceremony which took place in 1935 in the southern Shan States, today part of Burma. An initiation ceremony as a novice in the Buddhist Monastic order, followed by a longer or shorter period of residence in a monastery, is a traditional requirement for all Burmese Buddhist boys. The ceremony not only marks an important stage in the life cycle of the young novice and constitutes a culminating point in the life of the donors to the ceremony—usually, though not always, the parents of the novice—but it also provides an occasion for the fulfilment of as important community function. Part 1 describes the initiation procedures to enter the novicehood. Part 2 presents the higher ordination ceremony of Buddhist monks.

(Rangoon 1986)

172 pp., 140 x 200 mm, pbk. 10.00

Textiles

122 21 038 Barker, David K., DESIGNS OF BHUTAN

Two hundred and eighty-nine individual designs illustrated in one hundred plates are drawn from woven and decorated items made in the Royal Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan during the last two centuries. The designs are displayed in clear diagrammatic form. The designs of Bhutan, whilst unique in nature, have been nurtured over many years and also contain elements of influence from China, Tibet and Nepal. This Mahayana Buddhist kingdom portrays its thoughts, aspirations, imagination and beliefs in the weaving art for everyday use in clothing, decorative panels, carpets and religious coverings and other items. Religious symbols, animal and plant life, natural phenomena, everyday objects, tradition, mythical and geometric forms and a range of border elements are included which can be transferred to colorful and unusual uses.

(Bangkok 1985) ISBN 974-8495-03-5

124 pp., fully illus., 9 pp. in color, 210 x 300 mm, pbk. 17.50

123 1 457 Gittinger, Mattiebelle, SPLENDID SYMBOLS: TEXTILES AND TRADITION IN INDONESIA

An introduction to the textiles of Indonesia as well as to the culture and people who produce them. This book is a reprint of the 1979 edition with additional color plates and an updated bibliography.

(Singapore 1984)

262 pp., fully illus., 22 pp. in color, 230 x 280 mm, pbk. 40.00

124 21 807 Goldman, Ann. Y., LAO MIEN EMBROIDERY

The Lao Mien, a subgroup of the Chinese Yao, lived in relative isolation in northwest Laos until the Vietnam War when great numbers were forced out of their villages and into refugee centers in Laos and later in Thailand. In the 1980s many thousands of them were resettled in the United States, Canada and France. As these emigrations tore them away from age-old traditions their embroidery, an essential skill of every woman, used on all her clothing, began to reflect the changing situation of the Mien. As they came in contact with others, Mien women added new designs and colors to their embroidery. As commercial threads became available, the embroidery became more colorful and the colors more uniform. Now in the USA, Mien women attend school and hold jobs. They embroider less but demand a much more densely embroidered product with precise color selections. With reliable incomes, most now order finished Mien clothing from relatives still in Thailand, Laos and China. The clothing is seldom worn but is saved in baskets in closets in the hope that somehow the cultural traditions of the Mien will thus be preserved.

(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-41-4

150 pp., fully illus., 210 x 295 mm, pbk. 30.00

125 5 421 Hauser-Schaeublin, Brigitta, Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff, TEXTILES IN BALI

In this beautifully illustrated book, two experts examine the history, production and uses of textiles in Balinese society. Many fine pieces are presented, their raw materials and methods of weaving and dyeing are described and the complex symbolism and ritual functions of each are explained in detail.

(Singapore 1991)

293 pp., fully illus. in color, 235x310 mm 35.00

126 21 716 Howard, Michael, TEXTILES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Textiles of Southeast Asia provides the first in-depth compilation of the literature in this field. The material covered ranges from academic theses to articles in fashion magazines and newspapers. It provides a guide to this complex literature for the specialist and librarian as well as for those with a more casual interest. The weavers of Southeast Asia have produced an amazing array of textiles that has attracted the attention of travel writers, fashion designers, scholars, and collectors the world over. Public interest in the textiles of this region has grown considerably in recent years and, along with it, writing and exhibitions devoted to southeast Asian textiles have appeared in unprecedented numbers. A survey of museum collections of southeast Asian textiles from around the world completes the book.

(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8496-19-9

212 pp., 24 pp. color illus., 210 x 300 mm,

pbk. 35.00

127 22 080 Howard, Michael C., TEXTILES OF THE HILL TRIBES OF BURMA

The first comprehensive study of the textiles of Burma’s highland minority peoples. In recent years there has been a growing awareness of the extremely rich textile tradition of Burma’s hill tribes. Despite the interest in these textiles, to date they have been almost ignored in the literature on Southeast Asian textiles. This work will be a valuable basic reference for scholars and collectors for years to come. The book presents textiles of some seventy ethnic groups living in the highlands of Burma. It reviews the existing literature and surveys collections in museums around the world. The chapters are accompanied by 67 black and white photos illustrating traditional hill tribe dress. There are an additional 194 color photos of textiles from museum and private collections that provide a thorough catalog of the textiles of the hill tribes of Burma.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-84-2

200 pp., 64 pp. color illus., 210 x 290 mm,

pbk. 29.50

128 21 662 Moeyes, Marjo, NATURAL DYEING IN THAILAND

A complete account of Thai natural dyeing techniques which have been perfected over the centuries and are still in use today. Marjo Moeyes, an accomplished natural dyer and weaver, has carried out an in-depth study of the dyeing and weaving techniques of the villages of northern and northeastern Thailand. Her practical work with the village craftswomen has given her an understanding of these age-old methods and procedures. In addition, she tried out all the dyes and processes herself. Her wholly practical approach makes this book a superior guide for the working dyer and more valuable than theoretical books in this field. A comprehensive collection of 135 recipes enables the practicing dyer to experiment with dyes from Thailand at home. The book is lavishly illustrated with over 200 photographs.

(Bangkok 1993) ISBN 974-8495-92-2

173 pp., fully illus., 44 pp. in color, 210 x 295 mm, pbk. 50.00

Thailand

(see also under Oxford University Press)

129 21 954 Antonio, J., THE 1904 TRAVEL-LER’S GUIDE TO BANGKOK AND SIAM

First published by J. Antonio, one of the prominent photographers of King Chulalongkorn’s Reign, as a reliable guidebook suitable for the use of travelers. It contains a wealth of information not available in other guidebooks of the time. In particular it gives practical information for the traveler which reveals to the modern reader intimate aspects of the everyday living conditions of the time. J. Antonio’s keen interest in ordinary people is reflected both in the text and in the photographs in this book, giving us an insight into how the man in the street went about making a living and enjoying himself. Unlike other guidebooks of the time, J. Antonio also discusses a number of provinces that are within easy reach of Bangkok. Services available at the time contrast dramatically with present-day Bangkok, as do the prices they commanded.

(Bangkok 1997, reprint from 1904)

ISBN 974-8496-84-8

214 pp., 46 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

130 22 053 Aymonier, Étienne, KHMER HERITAGE IN THAILAND, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON TEMPLES, INSCRIPTIONS AND ETYMOLOGY

Khmer Heritage in Thailand is a reference book on all Khmer edifices in present-day Thailand and the Laotian provinces that were formerly under Siamese control. They are located in the Menam Valley cities, Bassac and the region between the Moon River and the Dangrek Mountains, as well as the old Isan provinces. The inventory emphasizes the Khmer inheritance in the fields of archaeology, inscriptions and etymology of present-day place names. Numerous descriptions and floor plans of temples and temple ruins as well as translations of important inscriptions are included. The author, who was a French authority on Khmer inscriptions, treats extensively the significance and lineage of various texts found on these edifices, e.g. the inscriptions on the Ramkamhaeng stone. This book is a detailed record of Khmer edifices and inscriptions, many of which are in much poorer state today or have disappeared altogether. Hence, it serves as a valuable reminder of our duty to protect a rich and unique inheritance.

(Bangkok 1999; First English trans. from 1901) ISBN 974-8434-57-5

282 pp., illus. & drawings, 5 maps, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 18.50

131 22 054 Aymonier, Étienne, KHMER HERITAGE IN THE OLD SIAMESE PROVINCES OF CAMBODIA, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON TEMPLES, INSCRIPTIONS AND ETYMOLOGY

This book contains information on all the Khmer edifices in the present-day Cambodian provinces that were formerly under Siamese control. They comprise Melou Prey, Sisophon, Battambang and Siem Reap. The record ephasizes the Khmer inheritance in the fields of archeology, inscriptions and etymology of place names. Numerous descriptions and floor plans of temples and temple ruins are included. The author deals extensively with the significance and provenance of various texts found on these edifices. If not a tourist guide in the traditional sense of the word, this book, as an exhaustive and detailed record of Khmer edifices, many of which are in much a poorer, or even plundered state today, is intrinsically a call for urgent action to save what still remains.

(Bangkok 1999; First English trans. from 1901)

ISBN 974-8434-58-3

318 pp., illus., 5 maps, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

132 21 871 Bangkok Times, THE 1894 DIRECTORY FOR BANGKOK AND SIAM

This directory was published by the semi-official Bangkok Times newspaper. According to its own glowing title page it was "a handy and reliable book of reference for all classes, with a calendar and every information about weights and measures, Siamese festivals, postage and telegraph tariffs, notes on the ancient and modern history of Siam, and including official and general directories." The wide coverage of information that is elsewhere unavailable or hard to find, not least that on businesses operating at the time, makes this directory an effective research tool. The directory is also a treasure trove for general readers interested in the daily life and in the official and foreign personalities, important or otherwise, of this crucial period of King Chulalongkorn’s Reign.

(Bangkok 1996, reprint from 1894)

ISBN 974-8496-77-5

202 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

133 8 020 Bello, Walden, Shea Cummingham & Li Kheng Poh, A SIAMESE TRAGEDY. DEVELOPMENT & DISINTEGRATION IN MODERN THAILAND

Thailand has come to be known as the Fifth Tiger. With the Asian economic collapse of 1997-1998, this book poses the central question: Is this merely a short term crisis, or is there a real prospect of Thailand being pushed back into Third World status? The International Monetary Fund has intervened with an irrelevant, indeed damaging policy package that promises to determine the outcome. The book argues that, even before the collapse, the Thai economy had feet of clay. Walden Bello and his co-authors show how vested interests, local and international propelled the Thai people down a particular path which is unsustainable in terms of human exploitation, social disruption, ecological damage and economic fragility. Thailand, like the rest of the world, needs to rethink the fundamentals of its economic model.

(London & Bangkok 1998)

ISBN 974-8434-62-1

284 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 16.50

134 7 936 Beyrer, Chris, WAR IN THE BLOOD: SEX, POLITICS AND AIDS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

This engaging and vivid book investigates the course of the HIV epidemic in seven countries of Southeast Asia: Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam and China’s Yunnan Province. Emphasizing the impact of the cultural and political landscape of these countries on the progress of the disease, the book is the product of both working and travelling in the area. The book draws on the author’s encounters with people dealing with the effects of the epidemic and opponents of the regimes of the countries he describes. The different approaches in each country are chronicled and various groups at risk are described. Among other topics, women and contraception, prostitution and traffic in women, HIV and the US military, the heroin trade, gay sex workers, prisoners and the work of local activists are covered. The book offers some vistas for action, e.g., the empowerment of local women is advocated.

(London & Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-31-1

256 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 20.00

135 7 935 Bishop, Ryan & Lillian S. Robinson, NIGHT MARKET. SEXUAL CULTURES AND THE THAI ECONOMIC MIRACLE

In Thailand, a $4 billion per year tourist industry is the linchpin of the modernization process called the "Thai Economic Miracle." And what is Thailand’s main attraction? Sex for hire. Year after year, young women are lured to Bangkok to staff the teeming brothels that cater to male tourists from the United States, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, the Gulf States, Malaysia, and Singapore. Ryan Bishop, visiting assistant professor of English and adjunct professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University and Lillian S. Robinson, professor of English at East Carolina University, show in compelling detail how this "miracle" is being paid for with women’s lives.

(New York 1998)

288 pp., 155 x 230 mm, pbk. 25.00

136 21 843 Blenkinsop, Philip, THE CARS THAT ATE BANGKOK

Being the true and terrifying pictorial account of the Thai people’s struggle for survival in the age of the automobile, this book takes you on a death-defying foot-to-the-floor ride through the streets of Bangkok and spits you out, nerves shattered and palms sweating amidst the fumes and dying breaths of those who lost track of their lives along the way. It is an unashamedly shocking and thought provoking volume that bravely tackles the horror of automobile induced waste in today’s society. Not for the faint-hearted, The Cars that Ate Bangkok will forever change the way you view the automobile. Pick it up and take to the streets again if you dare.

(Bangkok 1996, limited numbered edition of 1,000 copies on 157g art paper) ISBN 974-8496-64-3

104 pp., fully illus., 210 x 300 mm 50.00

137 21 729 Brun, Viggo & Trond Schumacher, TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE IN NORTHERN THAILAND

This pioneering work offers a comprehensive analysis of the herbal medical tradition in rural northern Thailand. The focus of the research is the description and classification of local disease concepts and the complex relationships between disease, plants, drugs, and prescriptions. The work is based on extensive communication with local practitioners, clinical observations and local manuscripts. About 540 medicinal plants are identified together with their claimed medical properties. In addition, court medical traditions are discussed and the prospects for the survival of traditional medicine in the face of competition from cosmopolitan medicines are assessed. Extensive vocabularies as well as indexes of disease terms and botanical names, including a Thai index of disease terms, are provided. Here is a wealth of information for those interested in medicine, botany and ethno-pharmacology, while the historical and anthropological aspects of the research will interest many students of Southeast Asia.

(Bangkok 1994, reprint from 1987)

ISBN 974-8496-15-6

390 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

138 21 721 Buls, Charles, SIAMESE SKETCHES

This book is the very personal, sometimes controversial, account of the journey the world traveler and former mayor of Brussels, Charles Buls, made to Siam in 1900. Spanning the wide variety of Buls’s interests, from the urban Chinese to early agricultural developments in the countryside, this account always surprises by its insightful comments and sharp, often visionary, observations. Having been involved with the development of a world city himself, he was better placed than any other contemporary observer to speculate on Siam’s political, economic and social future. He shuns neither highly controversial viewpoints, nor topics, such as the comparative value of religions for a country like Siam, that were bound to bring him into trouble. This book, in which Buls’s original account is supplemented by material from his hitherto unpublished diary notes, letters and numerous photographs from Belgian archives, such as those of the inauguration of Dusit Park and the Ayutthaya elephant round-up, is a must for lovers of Fifth Reign history, and of Siam.

(Bangkok 1994, first English trans. from 1901) ISBN 974-8496-23-6

176 pp., fully illus., 145 x 210 mm 17.50

139 21 712 Chaiyan Rajchagool, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THAI ABSOLUTE MONARCHY: FOUNDATIONS OF THE MODERN THAI STATE FROM FEUDALISM TO PERIPHERAL CAPITALISM. Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 2

This is no ordinary study of nation building. It differs markedly in its theoretical approach from existing studies of Thailand. In the mid-nineteenth century, Siam was no more than a loose grouping of petty states and principalities, lacking well-defined borders and a centralized power structure. Yet within a period of forty years a unified state had emerged. How and why had this happened? Those are the questions addressed by this penetrating study. It is central to the author’s argument that the form of the new state was the absolute monarchy. He analyzes the socioeconomic conditions that existed at the time of Siam’s early contact with Western economic and colonial forces and examines the ways in which political and administrative control gradually came to be held by the Bangkok-based monarchy. The author also addresses the question of why, within another forty years, the absolute monarchy had been replaced by a constitutional monarchy.

(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8495-10-4

229 pp.,150 x 210 mm 25.00

140 22 029 Clutterbuck, Martin, THE LEGEND OF SIAMESE CATS

This book is essential reading for cat lovers. It brings together new translations of classical Thai texts about cats, entertaining accounts of the important place held by cats in Thai culture, whether in the palace or the village, and valuable information about the adoption of Siamese cats in the West, where they arrived in the nineteenth century. The Thais have a tradition of breeding cats dating back to the Ayutthaya period, and they wrote handbooks in concertina form about them, the illustrated Tamra Maew. Seventeen breeds of cats are described, including the famous Korat. The author analyzes at least six different textual styles in the eighteenth and nineteenth century manuscripts, and the findings are compared with modern scientific knowledge. The characters of the cats are described - the good, the bad and the lucky. These beliefs are mirrored in customs such as the rain ceremony, the use of cats as temple guardians, and superstitions still prevalent in Thailand.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-51-6

128 pp., 24 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk. 25.00

141 21 857 Cohen, Erik, THAI TOURISM: HILL TRIBES, ISLANDS AND OPEN-ENDED PROSTITUTION. Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 4

This book brings together almost two decades of Erik Cohen’s studies on different aspects of tourism in Thailand. A broad introductory review of the principal recent trends and transformations in Thai tourism is followed by in-depth studies of three tourist domains: ethnic tourism in the hill tribe area of northern Thailand, vacationing tourism on the islands of southern Thailand and sex tourism in Bangkok. These studies are based on extensive field work and set within the theoretical framework of contemporary sociology of tourism, on which the author is a leading expert

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN974-8496-67-8

409 pp., 150 x 215 mm, pbk. 30.00

142 21 938 Cornish, Andrew, WHOSE PLACE IS THIS? MALAY RUBBER PRODUCERS AND THAI GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN YALA. Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 5

A detailed case study of ethnic conflict in a development scheme in southern Thailand. The book describes the interactions between Malay rubber producers in Yala province and local Thai government officials who sought to establish and promote a co-operative rubber marketing project. Using the results of ethnographic fieldwork carried out near Thailand’s southern border, the author outlines the historical background to the region’s cultural diversity. After an investigation of the operations of the local bureaucracy, the focus shifts to two Malay communities to show how they participated in the government’s marketing scheme. One group enjoyed profits and success, while the other’s efforts ended in failure, yet the author argues that both display common elements in the struggle for control of material and cultural resources at the local level. The results provide a broader hypothesis about the nature of Malay resistance to Thai rule, and the place of minorities in modern Thailand.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-70-8

146 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

143 22 016 Curtis, Lillian Johnson, THE LAOS OF NORTH SIAM, SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF A MISSIONARY

Here is an insightful description of the people of northern Thailand around the turn of the century. The book contains the narrative of an American missionary’s journey from Bangkok to Lakon, where she spent four years in the local mission of the Northern Presbyterian Board, and descriptions of other journeys in the north—between Lakon and Chiang Mai, Nan, Prae and Chiang Rai. Her colorful writings encompass almost all physical and social features of the land and its people: geography, natural products and agriculture, wildlife, forests and fruit trees, customs such as betel use, food preferences, house-building and ceremonies such as marriage and burials, language, the life of children and, of course, religion. In the last of these as well as in her treatment of local politics, the author’s missionary biases are obvious, particularly in a description of the mission’s development and the persecutions endured by early Christians.

(Bangkok 1998, repr. from 1903)

ISBN 974-8434-14-1

360 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

144 21 866 Dodd, William Clifton, THE TAI RACE, ELDER BROTHER OF THE CHINESE

This book was of great importance for the intellectual and political history of Thailand during the first part of the century. Its traces can still be found in those chapters of Thai schoolbooks that deal with the original homeland of the Thais. The account of Dodd’s explorations in the southern part of China, Laos, and the northern part of Vietnam is of interest from an ethnographic point of view. The book contains details of the whereabouts, habits, and customs, as well as a smattering of the linguistic heritage of a variety of ethnic minorities; some of them are identified here for the first time in a printed account. Knowledge about these ethnic groups and their identity has always been scarce and this book is of great value not only to the scholar, but to all who are interested in the history of the various branches of the Tai-speaking peoples.

(Bangkok 1996, repr. from 1923)

ISBN 974-8496-62-7

388 pp., fully illus. 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

145 22 071 Döhring, Karl, THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE OF SIAM

 

The Country and People of Siam is the first English translation of Siam, Land und Volk, accompanied by 142 pages of original photos. The architect Karl Döhring lived and worked in Siam during King Chulalongkorn’s Reign. He was involved in many different projects for the king as well as for government departments and institutions. His professional training enabled him to observe with a sharp eye. His introductory text of 36 pages is brief but profound. He deals with the following topics: the country, waterways, population, character of the Thais, family life, agriculture, the legal system, cremations, court life and festivities, music and theater.

 

(A German version is also available.)

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-87-7

206 pp., 142 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk. 20.00

146 22 055 Fournereau, Lucien, BANGKOK IN 1892

This overview covers a great number of aspects of Siamese life, of the common people as well as of royalty and high officialdom. Bangkok’s great celebration and the sordid details of its pollution and body disposal problems as well as politically tainted descriptions of the state of feudalism and slavery in the kingdom are discussed by a French colonialist. The great buidlings and the significance of the main state ceremonies held in them are discussed and illustrated with colorful details. The book’s descriptions are greatly enhanced by more than fifty engravings, each a masterpiece of a craft that was about to disappear though it rivaled photography in the richness of its details and refinement.

(Bangkok 1999; First English trans. from 1894) ISBN 974-8434-42-7

172 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

147 21 867 Fouser, Beth, THE LORD OF THE GOLDEN TOWER: KING PRASAT THONG AND THE BUILDING OF WAT CHAIWATTHANARAM

This book is a study of symbols of power and legitimacy. King Prasat Thong, a usurper, attempted to justify his claim to the throne of Ayutthaya by reviving at Wat Chaiwatthanaram the Khmer-influenced prang in a form that had not been used for two hundred years. The author explores the cultural, historic, political and religious context from which Wat Chaiwatthanaram emerged. She describes its functions on religious and political levels and the interrelationships between Buddhism and kingship and related conceptions of legitimacy. Prasat Thong followed King Ramathibodhi, the venerated founder of Ayutthaya, who had used the prang in his architecture. At Wat Chaiwatthanaram the prang, along with other unusual features, such as the eight conical men (meru), the large crowned Buddha images, and the twelve stucco relief panels, together created a unified visual statement designed to proclaim his ultimate right to reign as King.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-59-7

152 pp., 20 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 19.50

148 22 121 Gerini, G. E., SIAM AND ITS PRODUCTIONS, ARTS, AND MANUFACTURES (1911)

This is the descriptive catalog of the Siamese Section at the International Exhibition of Industry and Labor held in Turin in 1911. Under King Chulalongkorn Siam promoted modernization and trade, and in 1904 had already participated in the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. The aim was to show the world that Siam was a worthy modern trading partner. Compiled by different experts, this book provides a wealth of information, not readily available to the public, and covering trade products and manufactures as well as selected services in the entertainment sector, such as theater, sports, and, horse-racing, and even educational services in commerce. There is also a section on Siamese-Italian relations. The English edition of 1912, reprinted here, is a revised and updated version of the original Italian exhibition catalog. It also contains the results of the exhibition: prizes awarded to the exhibitors in the Siamese Pavilion, for example A. Berli & Co. for benzoin and gutta-percha, G. Pappayanopulos for cigarettes, and the East Asiatic Co., Ltd. for timber wood, pepper, and gutta-percha. Various statistical tables, lists of awardees, Siamese plant names and, especially, its elaborate index make this book a very valuable research tool.

(Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1912)

ISBN 974-7534-14-2

440 pp., illus., 1 folded map, 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 22.50

149 21 359 Gervaise, Nicolas, THE NATURAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE KINGDOM OF SIAM

This new edition of the most exhaustive seventeenth century description of Thailand is illustrated with rare prints and maps. It is the result of the establishment of diplomatic relations during the reign of King Narai and is a much more detailed work than any of the score of French accounts of Siam produced by the members of the embassies of the 1680s to that country. Gervaise’s work has been used by Simon de La Loubère to prepare his own account.

(Bangkok 1997, English translation from 1688)

ISBN 974-8496-61-9

240 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

150 21 587 Glover, Ian, Pornchai Suchitta & John Villiers, EARLY METALLURGY, TRADE AND URBAN CENTRES IN THAILAND AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

This collection of thirteen archeological essays is based on papers originally presented to a research conference on early Southeast Asia held in Bangkok and Nakorn Pathom in April 1985. The papers have been revised and brought up-to-date by the authors. The 1985 Bangkok Conference was a continuation of the 1973 London Colloquy which resulted in the volume Early Southeast Asia (Smith & Watson, eds.).

(Bangkok 1992) ISBN 974-8495-76-1

231 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm 25.00

151 22 047 Goodden, Christian, AROUND LAN-NA. A GUIDE TO THAILAND’S NORTHERN BORDER REGION, FROM CHIANG MAI TO NAN

This book is a narrative and cultural guide describing an arc around Thailand’s north-western and north-eastern borders with Burma and Laos. It maps out an exciting frontier journey from Chiang Mai to Nan, taking in the KMT Chinese outposts of Nong Ook and Mae Salong, the recently vacated opium warlord territories of Hin Taek and Doi Larng, Mae Sai and the "Golden Triangle," the ancient Mekong riverfront towns of Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong, the Tai Lue weaving village of Huai Khon, and a swathe of remote mountainous jungle extending down the Lao border as far as Bo Bia. On the way, the text features separate exemplary in-depth cultural-historical accounts of the KMT, the Communist insurgency, the demise of opium baron Khun Sa, the weaving of the Tai Lue people, Nan’s temple murals, salt extraction at Bo Glua, Thailand’s recent economic crash, and the history of Lan-Na, of Chiang Mai, and Chiang Saen, as well as accounts of several minority peoples, including the Wa, Akha, Hmong, Yao, Tai Lue, Palaung, Lua (Htin), and the "Stone Age" Mrabri or "Spirits of the Yellow Leaves." The book is the most comprehensive and authoritative overview of this whole fascinating region available.

(Halesworth 1999)

434 pp., illus., 36 pp. illus., partly in color, 32 maps, 148 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

152 22 130 Goodden, Christian, TREK IT YOURSELF. TWENTY-FIVE SOLO JUNGLE TREKS ON FOOT AND BY MOTORCYCLE

This is the first and only thoroughgoing guide to do-it-yourself trekking in northern Thailand. The book provides detailed accounts and 50 maps of 25 treks in the provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, and Mae Hong Son. Indeed, if all the suggested variations on the trips are included, it outlines up to 100 expeditions. The treks range from a 2-hour picnic stroll to a waterfall to extreme jungle adventure lasting 4 to 5 days. Most are undertaken on foot, but, where appropriate, some are better carried out by motorbike or even mountain bike. The book guides the reader up Doi Pahom Pok and Doi Chiang Dao, tells how to scale Doi Pu Wae and trek in Nan’s Doi Phu Kha National Park, and describes walking the old "Old Elephant Trail" between Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai. It advises how to hire Lua, Karen, and Wa guides on the spot and suggests what equipment and food to take. There are thumbnail sketches of the various hill-tribe peoples met. This unique book will appeal to independent eco-conscious travellers seeking to explore solo Lan-Na’s mountains and forests, as well as to aspiring Rambos or Tarzans wanting to strike out into the jungle on their own.

(Bangkok 1999)

416 pp., illus., 36 pp. illus., mostly color, 50 maps,

148 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

153 21 831 Goodman, Jim, MEET THE AKHAS

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the Akha hill tribals of northern Thailand and their way of life. A language section is included to enable travelers to talk to their hosts.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-56-2

218 pp., 33 pp. illus. in color, 145 x 210 mm,

pbk. 17.50

154 22 063 Greene, Stephen L. W., ABSOLUTE DREAMS: THAI GOVERNMENT UNDER RAMA VI, 1910-1925

This monograph examines the troubled reign of the nation’s first Western-educated monarch. King Vajiravudh had great expectations of power when he ascended the throne because his father had reorganized the government along more Western, functional lines. The new King wanted to bring to Thailand many of those institutions and practices he had observed in Britain. Accordingly, he created associations, started social clubs and promoted Western forms of literature while urging the Thais to rally around nation, king and religion. It soon became evident that the King’s efforts were not creating the desired unity. Members of the royal family began quarreling with him soon after his coronation and a coup d’état among junior military officers was uncovered two years into his reign. The King also tried to wrestle with other chronic problems in his government. The Ministry of the Interior’s predominant position in the bureaucracy was a constant source of conflict that led to numerous department reshuffles. No matter how creative these efforts, the essential problem always came back to the bureaucrats, not their structures. Thai government was, more than anything else, an exercise in personal aggrandizement.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-69-9

240 pp., 1 p. color illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

155 22 065 Guillon, Emmenuel, THE MONS. A CIVILIZATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

The Mons inhabited a wide area from Funana (present day South Vietnam) through Cambodia, Thailand and Burma. This comprehensive study attempts to reconstruct the story of the Mon people and the evolution of their culture. It deals with all aspects of Mon culture, language, history and their contribution to later people who partly replaced them but accepted part of their culture.

The other books on the Mon are White Lotus reprints of Halliday’s works and Eleven Mon Dhammasat Rexts.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8298-44-2

380 pp., 16 pp. col. illus., 185 x 260 mm, pbk. 46.00

156 22 026 Howard, Michael C., Wattana Wattanapun & Alec Gordon (Eds), TRADITIONAL T’AI ARTS IN CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE

The papers contained in this book examine a variety of forms of artistic expression, including weaving and fashion, carving, painting, and dancing, as well as boxing. The chapters are written by academics and artists and the volume as a whole reflects a blending of the perspectives of those who study the arts and those who practice them. While the focus is on the arts of T’ai peoples in Thailand, attention is also paid to T’ais in the neighboring countries of Laos, Burma, China, and Vietnam. Such a geographical spread reflects a growing interest in the comparative study of T’ai-speaking peoples living in different political and social settings in an effort to better understand common themes in T’ai culture and how it has evolved throughout the region. The chapters are accompanied by ninety-three color photos that provide a pictorial survey of the forms of artistic expression among T’ai peoples.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-28-1

251 pp., 72 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 37.50

157 21 808 Holmes, H., WORKING WITH THE THAIS

Of course we’re the same. We see. We hear. We enjoy. We hate. We fight. We love. We want the best for our families. We may not all speak the same language, but when it gets down to the crunch, we can all communicate and cooperate. You want to be happy? Fine, do so! You need my help to be happy? Good, let’s see what we can do. People are the same wherever you go—from Pretoria to Paris, from Mexico City to Bangkok. Well, if we are so similar, why do foreigners complain so often about working with the Thais? And why do Thais frequently find foreigners so arrogant and exasperating? All people may see and hear and fear and enjoy, but it’s very possible that we aren’t seeing and hearing and fearing and enjoying in the same way as they are. I can bow, but I refuse to demean myself. I can restrain my anger, but I refuse to idly watch injustice being done. I can physically consume that food, but it is not what civilized people eat. In the end, our fundamental goals in life must be remarkably similar. But it is in the means we use to reach these goals that the differences emerge. And it is at this level, more importantly than at the superficial level of social do’s and don’ts, where the opportunities lie for us to develop understanding, respect, and the effective relationships we seek between ourselves and our Thai colleagues.

(Bangkok 1995; 5th printing 1998)

ISBN 974-8496-50-3

158 pp., 130 x 200 mm, pbk. 19.50

158 2 638 Hutchinson, E. W., 1688: REVOLUTION IN SIAM

The 1688 Revolution in Siam ended the first European attempts to penetrate the Kingdom. King Narai of Siam, a sick man even before the outbreak, died two months later a prisoner in his own palace at Lopburi—

displaced but nominally still King. The Revolution was followed by the reversal of an unpopular foreign policy—dependence upon France, and at the same time, a severe rebuff was administered to King Louis XIV’s advisers who aspired to subvert the national religion in Siam by attempting to convert the King to Roman Catholicism. This Memoir by Father de Bèze, a Jesuit priest, was discovered in 1936 in the G. E. Morrison Library in Tokyo. It was written in response to a request by the author’s religious superior for information and relates vividly the events that occurred during the upheaval which involved the court and foreign powers as well as the Greek adventurer, Constant Phaulkon.

(Bangkok 1990, reprint from 1968)

ISBN 974-8495-43-5

194 pp., 51 pp. illus., 135 x 210 mm, pbk. 13.50

159 22 056 Hutchinson, E. W., ADVENTURERS IN SIAM IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

One of the less considered, but grievous, misfortunes that befell old Siam when the Burmese sacked Ayuthia in 1767 was the destruction of Thai records. That loss gives the extant documents written by European visitors an enhanced value, as clues at least to the politics of the capital, however circumscribed by their authors’ prejudices and limited knowledge of the world they may be. Indeed, the attraction of Europeans to Siam in the reign of King Narai became a determinant factor in the course of Thai politics, especially through the foolhardy personality of the Venetian Greek adventurer, Constantine Gerakis, alias "Falcon" (spuriously rehellenized by himself as "Phaulkon"). This 30 to 40 year-old friend—and subsequently enemy—of Siamese White lived for several years at Narai’s court and manipulated French missionary ambitions, for his own ends, against the background of a century-long rivalry between France and Holland and the vacillating efforts of the Portuguese and the English to maintain their own trade. When his monarch-patron fell mortally ill, he too succumbed to the knives of the jealous, and Siam closed its doors again for a century and a half.

(Bangkok 1985; repr. from 1940)

312 pp., illus., 142 x 216 mm, pbk. 17.50

160 21 754 Jottrand, Mr. & Mrs. Émile, IN SIAM: THE DIARY OF A LEGAL ADVISER OF KING CHULALONGKORN’S GOVERNMENT

In Siam is a travelogue by Émile Jottrand and his wife. Jottrand was a Belgian assistant legal adviser in the Siamese Ministry of Justice during the period 1898-1902. This lively account presents the reader with all aspects of the work of the foreign adviser as well as the life of a western wife in Bangkok and other parts of Siam. Because of his official position, Jottrand was a privileged witness to everyday life in the courts and corridors of powers and in the parties of Siamese high officialdom during the Fifth Reign. His quasi-political comments enliven the narrative of Siam’s development at the end of the nineteenth century. Émile Jottrand and his wife were gifted observers and their keen perceptions span the environment and all social aspects that might strike the westerner in Siam as fascinating even in today’s context. Unique period photographs, discovered in the Jottrands’s private collection and from other archives, contribute to a book that reads as cinéma vérité.

(Bangkok 1996, First English trans. from 1905) ISBN 974-8496-39-2

472 pp., 104 illus., 145 x 215 mm, pbk. 30.00

161 21 633 Knights, Paul & Patrick McGeown, THOUGHTS FROM THE PATTAYA ORPHANAGE

A beautiful and touching collection of photographs of children from the Pattaya Orphanage, run by Father Ray Brennan.

(Bangkok 1993) (Proceeds will finance a nurse for the orphanage)

160 pp., fully illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

162 22 122 Kornerup, Ebbe, FRIENDLY SIAM: THAILAND IN THE 1920S

This travelogue from King Vajiravudh’s Reign is one of the very few reports on South Thailand. The volume complements Morgenthaler’s Impressions of the Siamese-Malayan Jungle and Warington Smyth’s Five Years in Siam, which covers a period twenty years earlier. The author devotes nearly a third of his account to the South, while he also traveled to the west, north, east, and central regions, by train, boat, and plane. His report is enriched with unusual pictures not found in other books and distinguishes itself by the varied and lively perspectives brought to bear on the scenes observed. (A German version is also available.)

(Bangkok 1999, repr.) ISBN 974-8434-96-6

312 pp., 48 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 15.00

163 21 050 Le May, Reginald, AN ASIAN ARCADY: THE LAND AND PEOPLES OF NORTHERN SIAM

A reprint from 1926 with a foreword by Major Roy Hudson, FRAS, in the 1986 edition, and the foreword of the 1999 edition by Barend Jan Terwiel. Le May arrived in Siam in 1913 and, in particular, describes the northern part where he traveled extensively. One of the few early accounts of the northern areas of Siam.

(Bangkok 1999, reprint from 1926)

ISBN 974-8434-70-2

362 pp., 64 pp. illus., 1 fold-out map, 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 17.50

164 20 238 Lemoine, J., YAO CEREMONIAL PAINTINGS

This book is about a very rare art tradition which has remained virtually unknown in the West until recently. It has been kept in seclusion for centuries by one of the most fascinating of the many hill tribes who inhabit South China, North Vietnam, Laos and northern Thailand. They are the Mien branch of the Yao tribal family. The popular art tradition described here stems from Chinese Taoist religious art. The Yao have been adherents to a southern school of Chinese Taoism for several centuries. This has made them unique representatives of an ancient Taoist trend which is barely, if at all, manifested in the various schools of modern Taoism. Today, Lemoines’s book is the standard work on this art.

(Bangkok 1982) ISBN 974-8495-01-9

170 pp.,, 296 color illus., 4 maps, 215 x 290 mm

75.00

165 21 730 MacGregor, John, THROUGH THE BUFFER STATE: TRAVELS IN BORNEO, SIAM, CAMBODIA, MALAYA AND BURMA

This book presents the recollections of the travels made by John MacGregor in Sarawak, Siam, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaya and Burma in 1895. It is a lively account of a medical doctor with a wide scope of interests, from contemporary political issues to the customs and the traditions of native peoples. From a well-read background, the traveler is searching for those weird things one often finds in travelogs, in order to verify and to savor. The account excels in its colorful and often witty descriptions of encounters and events on the roads between Singapore, Kuching, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Saigon, Malacca and Mandalay. It presents an accurate and lively picture of the people and the countries on the eve of rapid development.

(Bangkok 1994, reprint from 1896)

ISBN 974-8496-25-2

300 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

166 21 793 Marks, Tom, MAKING REVOLUTION: INSURGENCY OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THAILAND IN STRUCTURAL PERSPECTIVE. Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 3

This book is the first comprehensive treatment of the stunning campaign which saw Thailand win its battle against Maoist insurgency. The reasons for victory have hitherto been all but ignored. This is a mistake, because the Thai conflict provides an exceptionally useful opportunity for examining one of the more recent episodes of "political war" to play itself out. Furthermore, since the insurgents’ efforts to "make a revolution" were ultimately unsuccessful, there are practical as well as theoretical lessons to be learned. Ironically, in the end, it was the government’s "peoples war" that ended the Maoist-inspired effort by the Thai communists to seize power. What emerged is not a model of a particular combination of tactical or operational techniques. On the contrary, it was a victory for a strategic approach which sought ultimately to respond to Thai circumstances, particularly political realities. Only the change in those realities made effective the techniques chosen. Just as certainly, though, had the technique not been carried out, the results of the struggle could have been very different. In this sense, the counterinsurgency campaign existed in a symbiotic relationship with its society, while that of the would-be revolutionaries did not.

(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8596-30-9

300 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

167 21 974 Marks, Tom, THE BRITISH ACQUISITION OF SIAMESE MALAYA (1896-1909)

The book tells the story of the political maneuvering by Bangkok and London for possession of key semi-independent states on the Malay Peninsula. The book starts with the Anglo-Siamese Secret Convention of 1897, with which the British hoped to neutralize possible influences of other colonial powers, and it treats the Siamese drive to exclude foreign influences from the Siamese territories adjoining the British sphere of influence. The ill-fated attempt to set up a system of advisors to the Sultans is discussed. The significance of the ventures such as the Kra Isthmus canal and a Malay Peninsula railway project is elucidated using confidential British Foreign Office papers and contemporary newspaper sources. In the end, Siam would have to let go and the British acquired some of the Malay provinces on the Peninsula establishing the present borders of southern Siam and Malaysia.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-98-8.

168 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

168 21 537 Matics, K. I., INTRODUCTION TO THE THAI MURAL

Although Thai murals have been the subject of a few other studies in western languages, it is rare, indeed, that one encounters a study that reveals the rich cultural and historical tapestry interwoven throughout the art of Buddhist temples in Thailand. Dr. Matics’s study guides the reader through the complexities of Thai artistry, providing vivid descriptions of styles, techniques, origins, themes and mediums. Regrettably, many of the murals depicted are no longer in existence: hence, this book is a valuable historical record of Thai murals.

(Bangkok 1992) ISBN 974-8495-43-4

149 pp.,illus., 28 pp. in color, 210 x 295 mm 35.00

169 21 586 Matics, K. I., INTRODUCTION TO THE THAI TEMPLE

This introduction encompasses the architectural wealth of the Bangkok period, including its historical, cultural and religious significance. Besides being an introduction to temples, the book holds a key to understanding the people, the culture, and the traditions that are the essence of the art and architecture of Thailand.

(Bangkok 1992) ISBN 974-8495-42-6

141 pp., illus., 16 pp. in color, 215 x 290 mm

35.00

170 7 978 McCargo, Duncan, CHAMLONG SRIMUANG AND THE NEW THAI POLITICS

Since the early 1980s Thailand’s politics—like its fast growing economy—have changed immensely. Dramatic events, such as the 1991 military coup and the popular anti-military uprising of May 1992, have challenged conventional views of the Thai political order. The armed forces remain capable of seizing power, yet can no longer take their traditional dominance for granted. The military and bureaucracy are under threat from new sources of power—dissident religious movements, local politicans in Bangkok, the opposition, NGOs, and a critical mass media. Chamlong Srimuang, a former general who served for six years as governor of Bangkok and later became deputy prime minister and leader of the Phalang Tham Party, is Thailand’s most controversial politician. A celibate and vegetarian with no worldly possessions, he is best known for spearheading the mass protest which ousted military strongman Suchinda Kraprayoon from the premiership in 1992. This book examines his career.

"The best available book-length analysis of Thai politics to the present day, biography of a contem-porary Southeast Asian political figure, and case study of recent social and political development in the region." (Dr. John Sidel, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

(London 1998)

352 pp., 4 pp. illus., 135 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

171 21 727 McCarthy, James, SURVEYING AND EXPLORING IN SIAM, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF LAO DEPENDENCIES AND OF BATTLES AGAINST THE CHINESE HAW

This is an enchanting record of the personal observations of the main architect of Siam’s territorial surveying efforts. James McCarthy was the Siamese Government adviser who took on the bewildering task of defining exactly what Siam’s territory was. From 1881 to 1893 he struggled in the jungles of Northern Siam and present-day Laos against fever and lack of food, and against the pillaging Chinese Haw bandits, to produce the first map of Siam made to scale. Here is a rich world of information about the small states and peoples in Siam’s Lao dependencies, and on the early movements and trading of the hill tribes. McCarthy was a privileged eye-witness to the violent definitive settlement with the Chinese Haw and to the opening up of Siam’s interior to trade and developement.

(Bangkok 1994; repr. from 1900)

ISBN 974-8496-22-8

227 pp., illus., 2 folded charts, 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 19.50

172 22 057 McDonald, Rev. N. A., A MISSIONARY IN SIAM (1860-1870)

This missionary presents a down-to-earth account of life in Siam in the 1860s. This is important source material as there are very few descriptions of Siam by foreigners during that period. Most especially is this true for the coronation of King Chulalongkorn as only a handful of non-Siamese were permitted to witness this auspicious occasion. Throughout this is a book from which the reader can learn about Thailand’s past, forgotten events, customs and habits, some of which have disappeared. On the other hand, the details listed clearly indicate that Thai society and culture have not changed as much during the past century as have European and American ways. The book is illustrated with prints from the 1850s and 1860s.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1871)

ISBN 974-8434-02-8

128 pp., 8 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 14.50

173 22 111 McFarland, George Bradley (Ed.), HISTORICAL SKETCH OF PROTESTANT MISSIONS IN SIAM 1828-1928

The book was the only general study of Protestant church history in Thailand until the publication of Wells’s History of Protestant Work in 1958. But Wells’s book supplements McFarland’s rather than replacing it, leaving the Historical Sketch as the most important introduction to its subject. A new introduction and commentary assist the reader in using McFarland’s work by providing additional information and insights into its historical context, perspectives, and reliability. The book also provides background information for readers of nineteenth-century reports on Siam describing the missionaries and their services to the community in hospitals, leprosaria, schools, and other institutions. The volume also usefully includes a specially commissioned bibliography of the Protestant church in Thailand.

(Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1928) ISBN 974-8495-64-7

646 pp., 130 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 26.50

174 21 731 Morgenthaler, Hans, IMPRESSIONS OF THE SIAMESE-MALAYAN JUNGLE: A TIN-PROSPECTOR’S ADVENTURES IN SOUTHERN THAILAND

An important book on the internal turmoil and struggles of a young expatriate working in Siam. The book covers the period 1917-1920, when the First World War is devastating Europe and many questions about the fate of humanity are raised. The book is a study in character, both of expatriate behavior and of Siamese rural people, that may be compared to the now famous A Woman of Bangkok in its focus on the discovery of Eastern womanhood. Hans Morgenthaler’s often witty, soul-searching writing, published in the first Swiss edition, was so controversial that the British version was censored. The censored pages, recovered in the introduction, though innocent today, clearly reflect the flavour of the time as does the whole work-atmosphere of this geologist exploring Southern Siam for tin and gold. The exploration of the vast wealth that tin-mining promised and also delivered later in the south, was a source of deadly conflicts in which the young man soon found himself entangled. While the work of this geologist clearly drives him to his beloved, lonely jungle rivers, nowhere are the clashing values of a Westerner, confronted constantly with willing Siamese, clearer than in his loving words about the village people. As a character study of a Westerner trying to cope with Eastern realities, this book is as relevant today as it was three quarters of a century ago.

(Bangkok 1994; repr. from 1923)

ISBN 974-8496-27-9

220 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

175 22 117 Mouhot, Henri, TRAVELS IN SIAM, CAMBODIA, LAOS, AND ANNAM

Originally published as: Travels in the Central Parts of Indo-China (Siam, Cambodia and Laos during the Years 1858, 1859 and 1860)

This travelog is a classic description of parts of Cambodia, Laos, and Siam in the Reign of King Mongkut. Henri Mouhot is best known for re-discovering the ruins of Angkor Wat and, indirectly, causing a minor tourist boom there. Of course, the Khmers have always known about the ruins. Mouhot was a natural history researcher and explorer in virgin areas. He was followed in the 1860s and 1880s by the members of the Garnier and Pavie Missions. His exploration first comprised the central area of Siam and the southeastern seaboard (Chantaburi), from there he reached Cambodia and the provinces then under Siamese Government’s control around the Tonle Sap. He also ventured into areas of Annam (present-day Central Vietnam) inhabited by "wild" tribes but returned to Battambang and Angkor, and eventually to Bangkok. Another journey took him to Petchaburi on the eastern part of the upper peninsula. Then, his last journey, because he was struck down by fevers, covered the so-called Lao parts of Siam, now often referred to as Isan, but at that time only loosely associated with the nation. His final destination was Luang Prabang where he is buried. Part of his journey was originally published in the travel magazine Le Tour du Monde, but the present English version is more comprehensive in coverage.

(Bangkok 2000; repr. from 1864)

ISBN 974-8434-03-6

424 pp., fully illus., 8 pp. in color, 150 x 210 mm,

1 map, pbk. 25.00

176 22 004 Munier, Christophe, SACRED ROCKS AND BUDDHIST CAVES IN THAILAND

This is the first comprehensive study in English of a fascinating but little-known aspect of Thai Buddhism and culture. Rocks and caves are major places of pilgrimage in Thailand and this book places these natural holy sites in their historical, cultural and religious context. Rocks are sacred because of their shapes, the Buddhas carved on them or their links to the Buddha’s coming. Animist activities involving rocks started in prehistoric times and continue to this day. The earliest rocks integrated into a religious context belong to the beginning of the Dvaravati period (6th-8th centuries) that saw the birth and spread of Theravada Buddhism in what is present day Thailand. Caves have also been used as ritual places since prehistoric times and were inhabited by hermits and Buddhist monks during the Dvaravati, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Bangkok periods. They are adorned with mural paintings, stucco reliefs and statues. The book is lavishly illustrated with 300 plates, maps, and plans and provides practical information on how to reach these rocks and caves which are often in remote locations.

(Bangkok 1998)

ISBN 974-8434-19-2

278 pp., fully illus., partly in color, 210 x 290 mm,

pbk. 60.00

177 20 918 Neale, F. A., NARRATIVE OF A RESIDENCE IN SIAM

This book is the lively and humorous description of Siam of the 1840s. Most historical accounts of Thailand are either earlier in the 17th century or the latter part of the 19th century. Therefore, this book provides a fascinating account of a little known period. The author was in the service of King Rama III, a position in which he was able to garner more inside information than those who simply traveled through the kingdom. Neale provides lively descriptions of marriage and funeral ceremonies, festivals, and the character of the Siamese, but there is also the humorous account of subduing a rebellion, disputes between the government of Siam and Cochinchina, trade with China, and business in Siam. Also included is a revealing chronicle of his visit to Chantaburi. A glimpse of the understanding of early Siamese cartography, or the lack of it, is offered and the author’s description of meeting with an arrogant missionary should not be missed, nor should his anecdotes of other lively scenes of life in Siam in the 1840s.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1852)

ISBN 974-8496-79-1

266 pp., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

178 22 022 Nelson, Michael H., CENTRAL AUTHORITY AND LOCAL DEMOCRATIZATION IN THAILAND. A CASE STUDY FROM CHACHOENGSAO PROVINCE. Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 6

This book contributes to a political theory of contemporary Thailand. This study does not accept the demise of the bureaucratic polity, rather, center-periphery differences are emphasized as the bureaucratic polity is very much alive in the countryside. The institutional aspects of bureaucratic dominance, integration of the subdistrict level into the central hierarchy, the introduction of elections of subdistrict and village headmen and the often neglected provincial administrative organization are emphasized. The question whether there already exists a politically aware audience, indispensable as a countervailing force to the bureaucracy, is addressed by focusing on the widely used practice of electoral influence peddling and vote-buying. These questions are treated in the context of two major political changes in Thailand: decentralization and a reform of the relationship between the political system and the citizens.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 972-8434-17-6

346 pp., 24 pp. illus.,150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

179 22 110 Pallegoix, Monsignor Jean-Baptiste, DESCRIPTION OF THE THAI KINGDOM OR SIAM. THAILAND UNDER KING MONGKUT

This account gives a complete overview of basic features of the Thai people and of Thailand during the reign of King Mongkut. The description is directed at laymen in Western countries at a time when only a few objective travelogues on the Orient, written by traders and missionaries, reached the West. Monsignor Jean-Baptiste Pallegoix, for many years a missionary working in Siam and later Bishop of Siam and neighboring countries, elaborates on the daily life of the Siamese and on physical features of the country, and its flora and fauna as he found it in the early 1830s when he arrived. He describes the juridical and political institutions of the Thai state, including its elaborate system of nobility, and officials, serfs and slaves, its arts and crafts, and the growing agricultural production and exports of a nascent economy. As a Roman Catholic bishop he had a keen eye for the religion and history of the Thai people with respect to the likelihood of conversions to Christianity. Thai Buddhism and superstitions are treated in great detail, and the foundations and rules of this religion are provided for laymen. The book provides a detailed account of important events in the history of the country starting with the arrival of the first French missionaries—for example the behind-the-scene moves in the revolution of 1688 and King Narai’s relations with the French priests and his embassies to France—and concludes with a detailed description of the state of the Catholic Church in Siam around 1850.

(Bangkok 1999, First English trans. from 1854) ISBN 974-7534-05-3

440 pp., illus., 1 folded map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.22.50

180 2 922 Piriya Krairiksh, SCULPTURES FROM THAILAND

This is a fully illustrated catalog documenting 50 Thai sculptures. The author uses his own state-of-the-art classification system to offer a unique analysis of this form of Thai art.

(Hong Kong 1982)

197 pp., fully illus., partly in color, 270 x

260 mm 30.00

181 5 706 Rabinowitz, Alan, CHASING THE DRAGON’S TAIL: THE STRUGGLE TO SAVE THAILAND’S WILD CATS

The author was hired by a Thai Government agency to study leopards, tigers, and other wildlife in the Huai Kha Kaeng valley—one of Southeast Asia’s largest and most praised forests. It was hoped the research would help protect the many species that live in this fragile reserve area, which was slowly being decimated by poachers, drug traffickers and even the native tribes. The author discovers the many contradictions in the "land of smiles." Despite the Buddhist aversion to killing, Bangkok is the world’s largest center for illegal wildlife trade. Even more disheartening is the discovery that the very government employees who hired Rabinowitz to protect the forest routinely aid in its destruction. A book on Thai wildlife and about problems a foreigner encounters when working in Thailand.

(New York 1991)

270 pp., 16 pp. illus., 163 x 247 mm *25.00

182 21 667 Ramaer, R. THE RAILWAYS OF THAILAND

The Railways of Thailand describes a century of rail transportation development (1893-1993) in Thailand. The political and economic conditions in what was then Siam that persuaded the government to open up the country, the development of the rail network itself, and the locomotives and rolling stock that ran, and run today, on the system all are described in detail. This volume considers, in addition to history and the present railway scene, future planning of the State Railway of Thailand. Private lines, among them the very first railway in the country, are described. The text is supported by several maps, 60 diagrams, and over 130 mainly unpublished photographs, many of them of considerable historical interest. An earlier book by the author on the locomotives of Thailand has been carefully and extensively rewritten to make this the most comprehensive book on the subject available.

(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8495-01-5

190 pp., illus., 210 x 295 mm, pbk. 39.50

183 22 007 Redmond, Mont, WONDERING INTO THAI CULTURE OR THAI WHYS AND OTHERWISE

The Asian economic collapse that began in Thailand in July 1997 has prompted two major responses, utterly different and utterly predictable. One is that "the West knows best," but that the westernization has not gone far enough. Others insist that the wholesale consumption of foreign funds and value systems led to greed, blindness, and a breakdown in the moral balance and social control Asian societies thrive on. This book explores what these and many other issues mean from a Thai point of view. Newcomers and tourists will encounter nuggets of information and insight that may help make their stay more interesting and enjoyable. Others may benefit from explanations of Thai behavior and attitudes that constantly baffle them. People who have never come to Thailand might still want to know how it feels to have a wholly different outlook on life.

(Bangkok 1998)

196 pp., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

184 21 832 Reichart, P. A. & H. P. Philipsen, BETEL AND MIANG, VANISHING THAI HABITS

The book describes the chewing of betel as a long-established custom in Thailand and elsewhere in Asia. The chewing of miang (fermented tea leaves) is peculiar to Thailand. These habits and the para-phernalia associated with them have fascinated western observers in Thailand since the earliest travellers visited Siam in the seventeenth century. This work provides a comprehensive examination of all aspects of these habits. The history, the ritual, and the sociological significance are all presented, as are the production and preparation of the chewing quids and the pharmacological effects of the ingredients on the body. The authors, dental scientists who have studied these practices for many years, provide the reader with an understanding of the possible side effects and the medical and dental problems associated with these addictive habits. A large part of the book is devoted to describing the paraphernalia and utensils associated with the betel and miang habits. A superb collection of over 130 illustrations, mostly in full color, complement the text. Many of the items shown are extremely rare.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-53-8

136 pp., fully illus. in color, 210 x 295 mm,

pbk. 45.00

185 22 058 Ruohomäki, Olli-Pekka, FISHERMEN NO MORE? LIVELIHOOD AND ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTHERN THAI MARITIME VILLAGES.

Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 8 is an ethnographic account of the social and economic transformation of coastal villages in Phangnga Bay, Southern Thailand. The Andaman Sea region of Southern Thailand has been involved in the rapid transformation of the regional economy for over a decade and the repercussions of this transformation are very visible in the coastal villages of Phangnga Bay. Part of this transformation has meant that fishing is no longer the sole source of income for village households, but that a host of other activities compete with fishing and provide better opportunities for individuals who are prepared to engage in new activities. The changes in the source and patterns of livelihood that are taking place in Phangnga Bay villages are a graphic, at times almost grotesque, illustration of a social process occuring throughout the Southern Thai coast.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-60-5

310 pp., 8 pp. color illus., 2 maps, 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 17.50

186 22 124 Schliesinger, Joachim, ETHNIC GROUPS OF THAILAND: NON-TAI-SPEAKING PEOPLES

 

Ethnic Groups of Thailand describes 38 non-Tai peoples residing in Thailand - the well known mountain dwelling so-called hill tribes (Akha, Hmong, Htin, Khamu, Lahu, Lawa, Lisu, Mien, Pwo Karen, Sgaw Karen); lesser known northern peoples (Bisu, Blang, Haw, Kachin, Kayah, Kayaw, Kha Hor, Lamet, Mlabri, Mpi, Padong, Palaung, Pa-O, Parauk, Samtao) and northeastern and central lowlands (Bru, Cham, Chaobon, Chong, Gong, Kaleung, Kui, Mon, Seak, So, Thavung). Lastly, Semang and Sea Gypsies of southern Thailand and the Andaman Sea. These various ethnic groups are here classified by their language family and a description given of each one’s history, costume and crafts, houses and villages, agriculture and economy, society, ceremonies, myths and beliefs. All the groups are portrayed by 177 color illustrations taken by the author and an extensive bibliography for further reading.

(Bangkok 2000) ISBN 974-7534-17-7

350 pp., 56 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 30.00

187 7 572 Seabrook, Jeremy, TRAVELS IN THE SKIN TRADE. Tourism and the Sex Industry

Press coverage of the sex trade in Thailand routinely consists of ill-informed, moralising and sensationalist denunciation of the ‘industry’. Through the words of sex workers and their clients, acclaimed journalist Seabrook reconsiders this popular conception and explores the complex relationship between sex and tourism. In so doing he presents an objective, unmoralising and sensitive view of the industry. Through its examination of the many paradoxes surrounding this controversial subject the book also sheds new light on the wider and much more problematic relationship between the North and the South.

(London 1996)

188 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 25.00

188 7 977 Sinith Sittirak, THE DAUGHTERS OF DEVELOPMENT. WOMEN IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

This is a powerful feminist critique of the Western concept of development, which has brought profound changes to the lives of women in the South over the last thirty years. It is also an attempt to rediscover and rehabilitate traditional indigenous knowledge as an important basis for empowering women and re-establishing the foundation of reciprocity in North-South dialogue. The author looks at the damage "progress" has wreaked on the lives of Thai sex workers and of indigenous peoples globally and contrasts this with a portrait in words and pictures of her own "undeveloped" mother, "gardener, agriculturalist, cook, entertainer, tool and toy inventor and maker, traditional doctor resources manager, energy conservationist, food scientist, home economist, sustainable developer, ecologist and environmentalist."

(London 1998)

175 pp., illus., 135 x 216 mm, pbk. 16.50

189 21 715 Smyth, Warington H., FIVE YEARS IN SIAM, FROM 1891-1896 (Vol. 1 & 2)

The account reviews the dynamic situation in Siam at the end of the nineteenth century, with its vivid portrayal of the people and the place. Its author, a British national working for Siam’s government, skilfully navigated his way through uncharted political and social terrain traversed by Westerners and Siamese. His narrative provides a refreshing and singular perspective of the country in those tumultuous times. As an official in the newly created Department of Mines, Smyth traveled to frontier provinces undergoing the process of cartographic and administrative incorporation into Siam. His unique position enabled him to provide the first rigorously detailed and dramatic account of the Chantaburi and Pailin gem mines. Smyth also witnessed first hand the Paknam Incident of 1893, when French and Siamese gunboats engaged in a skirmish en route to Bangkok. Another factor that distinguished Smyth from his Western contem-poraries was his ability to speak Thai. No doubt Smyth’s direct communication with the Thai-speaking population informed his experience and also accounted for his amiable relationship with them. Smyth genuinely attempted to locate and understand each situation he encountered within its cultural context. With its unassuming charm and insights this account is a goldmine for scholars and lay readers alike.

(Bangkok 1994; repr. from 1898)

ISBN 974-8495-98-1

703 pp., illus., 4 folded maps in color, 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 45.00

190 22 108 Smyth, Warington H., FIVE YEARS IN SIAM (1891-1896). VOLUME 1. THE MENAM VALLEY, LAO STATES, RATBURI, TENASSERIM, AND PHUKET

This book covers the first part of the author’s journey in Thailand and includes an account of the gunboat incident with France in 1893. As an official in the newly created Department of Mines, Smyth traveled to frontier provinces undergoing the process of cartographic and administrative incorporation into Siam, the process of Siam’s colonization by Bangkok. Smyth’s ability to speak Thai contributed to his unfiltered knowledge of the country, and his work with its lively descriptions and informed understanding of what he observed remains a goldmine for scholars and present-day travelers alike.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1898)

ISBN 974-8434-91-5

370 pp., 12 pp. illus., 3 folded maps in color,

150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

 

191 22 109 Smyth, Warington H., FIVE YEARS IN SIAM (1891-1896). VOLUME 2. THE MALAY AND CAMBODIAN PENINSULAS, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF RUBY MINES

This book covers the second part of the author’s journey in Thailand and is one of the few accounts of the South of Thailand and the only detailed record of the ruby mines in Chantaburi and Pailin, at the time ruled by Bangkok. The volume covers the author’s travels, focussing especially on Cambodia’s ruby mines, and includes an account of the French occupation of Chantaburi.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1898)

ISBN 974-8434-92-3

369 pp., 4 pp. illus., 4 maps, 1 folded, 150 x

210 mm, pbk. 27.50

 

192 22 012 Smyth, Warington H., EXPLORING FOR GEMSTONES ON THE UPPER MEKONG. Northern Siam and Parts of Laos in the Years 1892-1893

This book is the account of a six-month journey from Bangkok to Luang Prabang and back through Nong Khai and Korat. The author’s mission was to explore the regions opposite Chiang Khong, on the left bank of the Mekong, for deposits of rubies and sapphires. Smyth’s work was part of a wider assignment to produce an overall survey of the mineral deposits of the kingdom. His geological report is admirably supplemented by his observations on the environment and the customs of the peoples he met on his journey. His love of ordinary people, the countryside and the jungle life that was both his ordeal and his delight for so many months is demonstrated in the scores of sketches that illustrate the book. An unusually detailed map of Central and Northern Thailand considerably enhances the value of this book.

(Bangkok 1998, repr. from 1895)

ISBN 974-8434-34-9

126 pp., illus., 1 folded map (255 x 450 mm), 150 x

210 mm, pbk. 16.50

193 22 035 Sopon Pornchokchai, BANGKOK MAP, BUSINESS LOCATION GUIDE BANGKOK

The most detailed city maps on 72 pages, covering 300 sq. km. compiled from specific city-wide surveys and a huge database. This guide facilitates chosing property for business as well as for setting up a residence. Property is divided into 14 groups: commercial, industrial, residential, entertainment, development sites, public institutions, mass transport, education centers, health, diplomatic uses, religious sites and other areas such as green areas, rivers, etc. Within each map further divisions are made indicated by different colors for easy reference.

(Bangkok 1998)

196 pp., 72 pp. in color, 220 x 300 mm 25.00

194 21 360 Subhadradis Diskul, M. C., HINDU GODS AT SUKHODAYA

A study in iconography in which the author applies the theory developed by Philippe Stern for Khmer iconography on Thai sculptures of the Sukhothai period. It attempts to establish a chronology based on the development of ornaments. This book has a preface by Jean Boisselier and is a revised version of a study in Thai language from 1966.

(Bangkok 1990) ISBN 974-8495-20-5

132 pp., fully illus., 215 x 295 mm, pbk. 37.50

195 22 125 Tachard, Guy, A RELATION OF THE VOYAGE TO SIAM PERFORMED BY SIX JESUITS SENT BY THE FRENCH KING TO THE INDIES AND CHINA IN THE YEAR 1658

The book describes the first French Embassy to Siam in 1685. The Embassy which set out on March 1685 was a remarkable event. It was triggered by the express request of the Siamese King Phra Narai, who for years had been extraordinarily interested in making contact with the King of France. Already at the end of 1680 Narai had sent a fully-fledged embassy to France on the Soleil d’Orient, a vessel of the French Oriental Company but this attempt ended disastrously when the ship foundered near the eastern coast of Madagascar with the loss of all people and its valuable cargo. This book, Guy Tachard’s first, was quite influential. It was the first of a large number of French works concerning late-seventeenth century Siam. Apparently, it was avidly read: the first three French editions date from 1686, 1687 and 1688, the first edition in the Dutch language dates from 1687, this English version appeared in 1688 and an Italian edition came out in 1693. When Engelbert Kaempfer visited the Dutch trading station at Ayuthia in June and July 1690 he found, read and annotated a copy of this book and it can be established that in his later writing on Siam he benefited from some of Tachard’s observations. It was a work that helped stimulate the French appetite to invest in a short-lived military adventure. This book still deserves attention, its mixture of scientific curiosity, methodic enquiry and religious zeal is typical of the period. The information it contains, in particular that which Tachard collated in the final part, provides us with an exemplary document on Siamese seventeenth-century culture.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1688)

ISBN 974-8434-34-6

275 pp., 27 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

196 21 723 Tanabe, Shigiharu, ECOLOGY AND PRACTICAL TECHNOLOGY: PEASANT FARMING SYSTEMS IN THAILAND

This study explores the rice farming system through which peasants live in and act on their immediate environments. While the peasant farming system is intrinsically founded on ecological relations, it actually works through human practices and complicated social processes at various levels. In dealing with this articulation between the ecological and the social, the author develops an anthropological concept of practical technology that explains how peasants organize their practices of farming by interacting and negotiating with the environment. Practical technology, he argues, constitutes the fundamental basis of peasant farming. It is bodily accumulated and transmitted, as opposed to modern scientific discourse and standardized technical prescription. In the light of such a theoretical perspective, this comparative study of peasant farming looks closely at ecological relations, irrigation practices, sequences of rice farming, and labor utilization in two communities in very different parts of Thailand: Chiang Mai and Ayuthia. The detailed ethnographic accounts of peasant farming illuminate the differentiated relationships between human agents and the environment within the two farming systems, the structures of which are based on historically developed forms of production. This original and innovative study of peasant farming and practical technology is of considerable interest not only to students of anthropology, geography and development studies but also to anyone who is concerned with agrarian and environmental problems in Southeast Asia and beyond.

(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8496-24-4

320 pp., 150 x 230 mm, pbk. 25.00

197 6 339 Tapp, Nicolas, SOVEREIGNTY AND REBELLION: THE WHITE HMONG OF NORTHERN THAILAND

The Hmong people have emigrated from China to Southeast Asia, and from there, since the ending of the Vietnam war, to France, America, and other western countries. This book explores how the Hmong have managed to maintain a strong sense of ethnic integrity despite centuries of oppression by more powerful majority populations. The author examines the current dilemma of the Hmong in an opium-growing village in northern Thailand. He shows how the dilemma is expressed by a wider contradiction between "being Hmong" or "being Chinese" and the second part of the book shows how the many messianic rebellions of the Hmong against centralized authority were motivated by a desire for literacy and the possession of a form of writing for their own language. In the final part the current situation of Hmong refugees in the West is examined, where we see the power and strength of this oral tradition of the Hmong in fashioning a new past and sense of history to deal with current crises and material conditions.

(Singapore 1989)

252 pp.,8 pp. illus., 162 x 254 mm 32.00

198 21 719 Terwiel, B. J., MONKS AND MAGIC: AN ANALYSIS OF RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES IN CENTRAL THAILAND

The book deals with Buddhism as it was practiced in a community in rural Central Thailand. The text is based on anthropological fieldwork during the late 1960s. The scene unfolds with the religious perspective of children and young adults who appear mainly interested in esoteric spells and magical diagrams. Full ritual knowledge is obtained by many men in their twenties when they join the order of monks for at least one Lenten season. The latter parts of the book are devoted to the world view of older people and an analysis of some Buddhist rituals.

(Bangkok 1994; 3rd revised edition)

ISBN 974-8496-03-1

320 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

199 21 830 Tips, Walter E. J., GUSTAVE ROLIN-JAEQUEMYNS AND THE MAKING OF MODERN SIAM: THE DIARIES AND LETTERS OF KING CHULALONGKORN’S GENERAL ADVISER

This study is based on three thousand pages of privately held letters and diaries of HM King Chulalongkorn’s General Adviser and other Belgian advisers working in Siam. The book covers the crucial period of Siam’s modernization, from September 1892 until January 1902, from the inside. It contains never before revealed information on a wide variety of developments of the time, from big powers’ attempts to usurp Siam’s independence over the Paknam Incident of 13 July 1893, to the arcane day-by-day struggles to implement much needed internal reforms of the kingdom’s legal framework and bureaucracy. This book offers material that has never before seen the light of day and astounding facts that change our understanding of the shaping of the free nation as it known today.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-58-9

522 pp., 16 pp. illus., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 35.00

200 21 872 Tips, Walter E. J., SIAM’S STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL: THE GUNBOAT INCIDENT AT PAKNAM AND THE FRANCO-SIAMESE TREATY OF OCTOBER 1893

This study tells the story of the French attempts to take over Siam in 1893. The battle between French warships and Siamese guns at Fort Paknam, on the mouth of the Chao Phya River, is told in the words of one of the main actors in the diplomatic struggles that preceded and followed the incident. Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns’s daily journal of the political maneuvering between France and Britain, the battles on the Mekong between French and Siamese troops and of the sleepless nights of HM King Chulalongkorn and his princely ministers, reads like a political thriller. The report of Siamese counter-attacks and diplomatic plotting, in which Prince Devawongse was the main actor, sheds light on hitherto unknown but crucial pages in the life of Siam as a modern nation in the making. Siam would preserve its independence and HM King Chulalongkorn would manage to hold on to most of the core territories of the kingdom in the Franco-Siamese Treaty of 3 October 1893 which followed the incident. Here is the story of a Siam dangerously close to losing her freedom.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-81-3

272 pp., 37 illus., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

201 22 020 Tips, Walter E. J., CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN KING CHULALONGKORN’S KINGDOM. THE SPECIAL COMMISSION FOR THE REORGANISATION OF THE PROVINCIAL COURTS IN AYUTHIA (1896-1897)

The book tells the story of the Ayuthia Special Commission for the Reorganisation of the Provincial Courts in the words of Siam’s first Legal Adviser, Robert J. Kirkpatrick. After a temporary consolidation in foreign affairs had dealt with external threats, Siam was pushed on the road to internal reforms starting with the outdated court system. The Ayuthia Commission, starting work in September 1896, was the first of its kind to evaluate the courts upcountry and to judge hundreds of court cases that had been awaiting trial, sometimes for years. From tax evasion on boats and illegal distilleries, through thefts of cattle and property to abduction, rape, violent assaults and even murder, the commissioners heard witnesses and meted out justice. Justice was done too to those officials found taking bribes from prisoners wishing to escape from their chains, or torturing the accused, sometimes until death followed. The journal of the Commission’s activities reads like a kaleidoscope held up against the light of western principles of justice, reflecting the multicolored facets of Siamese society on the eve of modern times.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-27-3

302 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

202 21 767 Tuck, Patrick, THE FRENCH WOLF AND THE SIAMESE LAMB: THE FRENCH THREAT TO SIAMESE INDEPENDENCE 1858-1907

This study explains how narrowly Siam survived the French menace to her indpendence during the period of the European scramble for colonies. For half a century after arriving in Cochinchina in 1858, the French encroached on Siamese territory and interests in a variety of ways. By the 1890s, French colonialists, so influential in promoting French annexations in Africa and the Pacific, wanted to acquire the whole of Siam in order to create a "Greater Indochina" in imitation of British India. The integrity, the stability, and the very existence of the Siamese state were at stake. This study, based on a wide range of newly available French records, examines the changing aims and methods of French expansion. The author explains how French ambitions came to be frustrated by British diplomatic action. But he argues that the Siamese played an indispensable role in shaping the conditions which made British intervention effective.

(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-28-7

468 pp., 20 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 37.50

203 21 869 Turpin, F. H., HISTORY OF THE KINGDOM OF SIAM AND OF THE REVOLUTIONS THAT HAVE CAUSED THE OVERTHROW OF THE EMPIRE UP TO A.D. 1770

Originally published in 1771 as the first account in a Western language of the period of the French Embassies to Siam, the reign of King Narai and Constant Phaulcon, and of the sacking of Ayuthaya by the Burmese in 1767. The text was compiled from first hand accounts and reports of Christian missionaries and bishops. It presents a wealth of detail that is not readily available elsewhere. As a classical history, it deals mostly with battles, revolutions and the overturning of personalities and reigns. The final chapters provide an assessment of the trading potential of Siam and the neighboring states. The book, however, does not shun bloodshed and scandal, which seem to have been the order of the day. Indeed, when reading this book one wonders whether our ancestors and their times really are an example for the younger generations.

(Bangkok 1996; repr. from 1908)

ISBN 974-8496-63-5

210 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

204 22 031 Uchtomskij, Prince Esper Esperovitch, CZAREVITCH NICOLAS OF RUSSIA IN SIAM AND SAIGON (1891)

The book reports on the visit of the later Czar Nicolas II of Russia to King Chulalongkorn’s kingdom and to Saigon, one of the important early trade centers of France’s fledgling colony in Indochina. The visit was of great historical significance for the Thai nation. As a result of the extremely warm welcome given by the Thais, the bonds between the two Royal Houses became especially close. Only a few years later, after the Paknam Gunboat Incident of 1893, Russia would defend Siam’s case with Russia’s French allies. The author, a specialist in oriental religions and literature, was with the Czarevitch during the whole visit and testifies to great political skills and a rare clarity of vision of Russia’s future in the Orient. This book is an eye-opener for all those interested in big power politics at the turn of the century and its consequences for the small, independent kingdom of Siam.

(Bangkok 1999; First English translation from 1894, 1898) ISBN 074-8434-49-4

124 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

205 21 225 Vincent, Frank, THE LAND OF THE WHITE ELEPHANT: SIGHTS AND SCENES IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA 1871-1872

One of the liveliest and most readable of the many accounts by nineteenth century travelers of the countries of Southeast Asia and their rich and ancient civilizations which were still then largely unknown in the West. The great temples of Angkor, which were the principal objective of Vincent’s travels in Siam and Indochina, had only been rediscovered by Henri Mouhot thirteen years before this book was published. The author was a man of cultivated tastes and catholic interests, an adventurous and observant traveller and an accomplished writer, and these qualities combine to make this account, which was the first of several travel books that Vincent wrote about different parts of the world on four continents, as fresh and spontaneous as it was when first written.

(Bangkok 1988, reprinted from 1873, with a supplement of the 1884 edition)

(Bangkok 1988) ISBN 974-8495-26-4

475 pp., illus., folded map, 145 x 210 mm 30.00

206 21 548 Walker, Dave & Richard S. Ehrlich, HELLO MY BIG BIG HONEY!

Love letters to Bangkok Bar Girls and their revealing interviews. Collected and with introduction by D. Walker and R. S. Ehrlich. Prologue by Dr. Yos Santasombat. Glossary. Epilogue by Mrs. Pisamai Tantrakul.

 

(A French version is also available.)

(Bangkok 2000, 8th print run)

ISBN 974-8876-19-5

172 pp., 130 x 195 mm, pbk. 13.50

207 21 766 Wenk, Klaus, THAI LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION

This is a study of the extensive and diverse writings that form an integral part of the Thai literary tradition. The book is divided into tentative periods beginning with the discovery of an inscription on a stela, erected in 1292 by Ram Kamhaeng, and concluding with an overview of contemporary Thai literature. This study does not claim to comprise all titles and dates of literary relevance, but it contains all that is essential. The author’s predilection for some poets has attributed to them greater emphasis than others, for example, Sunthon Phu for whom writing poetry was, inter alia, an act of personal liberation and artistic play. The decisive message expressed by him in his verses has given direction to the evolution of Thai poetry. Detailed descriptions of what the author considers to be typical and of peculiar interest to western readers makes this study especially fascinating and take it beyond being a mere introduction to the subject.

(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-33-3

121 pp., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

208 21 936 Wimon Wiriyawit, FREE THAI: PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS AND OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

An important eyewitness account of one of the active participants. Group Captain Wimon Wiriyawit is one of the few survivors of a small group of Thais who were in the USA at the beginning of the Pacific War and who volunteered to work for the liberation of Thailand from Japanese occupation. The personal recollections are supported by official documents from US archives, released only recently. This book brings to light the differing agendas of the war allies: the USA, Britain and Nationalist China, as well as different ideas within the Thai political elite.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-90-2

347 pp., 8 pp. illus., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

209 21 713 Wright, Arnold & Oliver T. Breakspear, TWENTIETH CENTURY IMPRESSIONS OF SIAM: ITS HISTORY, PEOPLE, COMMERCE, AND RESOURCES

A scarce antiquarian book, published in 1908, with a new preface by Bonnie Davies. This work has a wealth of information not found in other period publications in this form, particularly the abundance of historical photos of Chinese and western per-sonalities: foreign experts and advisers working in various government departments reflecting King Chulalongkorn’s effort to modernize the country; business men, lawyers, government officials, and military people. Topics covered by different experts are: the Royal family, constitution and law, diplomatic and consular representatives, the army and navy, police and provincial gendarmerie, finance, royal survey work, health and hospitals, imports, exports, and shipping, rice, the teak industry, mines and mining administration, engineering, means of communi-cation, ecclesiastical, the Siamese language, manners and customs, education, sport, Bangkok, the highways and sanitation of Bangkok, and the press.

(Bangkok 1994; repr. from 1908)

ISBN 974-8495-00-7

302 pp., fully illus., 230 x 310 mm 50.00

210 7 948 Young, Edward M., AERIAL NATIONALISM. A HISTORY OF AVIATION IN THAILAND

In 1911 aviation was introduced to Thailand through a traveling air show. This dramatic form of technological innovation quickly became integral to the country’s program of modernization as a means of gaining international respect. This first detailed study focusing on the pivotal years 1911-1945 traces the nationalistic impulses that drove the Thai quest for air power, first under the Thai royalty and then under the military regime that followed the coup d’état in 1932. The book also examines the later development of the Thai air force, when it helped regain territory ceded to the French, participated in the Japanese advance in Burma, and later provided clandestine support to the Allies in World War II. The author shows how economic, technological, and political issues affected the country’s choice of airplanes. The government’s purchase of American airplanes reflected in part a growing desire to draw away from the influence of England and France.

(Washington 1995)

388 pp., 28 pp. illus., 155 x 235 mm 30.00

211 22 126 Zimmerman, Carle C., SIAM: RURAL ECONOMIC SURVEY 1930-1931

This is the first survey of the Siamese rural population. The author compiled everything anyone needed to know about the rural Siamese. His efforts lie before you: a wealth of tables detailing the eating habits, living expenses, diseases, birth and death rates of the people. Here one can discover the average number of farm animals per family in the North, Northeast, South and

Central parts of the country. There are comparisons of the cost of glutinous and garden rice alongside explanations of the kilogram equivalent for the measures used by farmers to sell their paddy. One can examine the nutritional values of foods such as shrimp paste and fermented fish as well as a complete chemical analysis for common salts consumed in Siam. It is a remarkably detailed work and a valuable source for further studies.

(Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1932)

ISBN 974-7534-02-9

337 pp., 7 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 1 folded map

in pocket, pbk. 18.50

 

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129 21 954 Antonio, J., THE 1904 TRAVEL-LER’S GUIDE TO BANGKOK AND SIAM

First published by J. Antonio, one of the prominent photographers of King Chulalongkorn’s Reign, as a reliable guidebook suitable for the use of travelers. It contains a wealth of information not available in other guidebooks of the time. In particular it gives practical information for the traveler which reveals to the modern reader intimate aspects of the everyday living conditions of the time. J. Antonio’s keen interest in ordinary people is reflected both in the text and in the photographs in this book, giving us an insight into how the man in the street went about making a living and enjoying himself. Unlike other guidebooks of the time, J. Antonio also discusses a number of provinces that are within easy reach of Bangkok. Services available at the time contrast dramatically with present-day Bangkok, as do the prices they commanded.

(Bangkok 1997, reprint from 1904)

ISBN 974-8496-84-8

214 pp., 46 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

130 22 053 Aymonier, Étienne, KHMER HERITAGE IN THAILAND, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON TEMPLES, INSCRIPTIONS AND ETYMOLOGY

Khmer Heritage in Thailand is a reference book on all Khmer edifices in present-day Thailand and the Laotian provinces that were formerly under Siamese control. They are located in the Menam Valley cities, Bassac and the region between the Moon River and the Dangrek Mountains, as well as the old Isan provinces. The inventory emphasizes the Khmer inheritance in the fields of archaeology, inscriptions and etymology of present-day place names. Numerous descriptions and floor plans of temples and temple ruins as well as translations of important inscriptions are included. The author, who was a French authority on Khmer inscriptions, treats extensively the significance and lineage of various texts found on these edifices, e.g. the inscriptions on the Ramkamhaeng stone. This book is a detailed record of Khmer edifices and inscriptions, many of which are in much poorer state today or have disappeared altogether. Hence, it serves as a valuable reminder of our duty to protect a rich and unique inheritance.

(Bangkok 1999; First English trans. from 1901) ISBN 974-8434-57-5

282 pp., illus. & drawings, 5 maps, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 18.50

131 22 054 Aymonier, Étienne, KHMER HERITAGE IN THE OLD SIAMESE PROVINCES OF CAMBODIA, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON TEMPLES, INSCRIPTIONS AND ETYMOLOGY

This book contains information on all the Khmer edifices in the present-day Cambodian provinces that were formerly under Siamese control. They comprise Melou Prey, Sisophon, Battambang and Siem Reap. The record ephasizes the Khmer inheritance in the fields of archeology, inscriptions and etymology of place names. Numerous descriptions and floor plans of temples and temple ruins are included. The author deals extensively with the significance and provenance of various texts found on these edifices. If not a tourist guide in the traditional sense of the word, this book, as an exhaustive and detailed record of Khmer edifices, many of which are in much a poorer, or even plundered state today, is intrinsically a call for urgent action to save what still remains.

(Bangkok 1999; First English trans. from 1901)

ISBN 974-8434-58-3

318 pp., illus., 5 maps, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

132 21 871 Bangkok Times, THE 1894 DIRECTORY FOR BANGKOK AND SIAM

This directory was published by the semi-official Bangkok Times newspaper. According to its own glowing title page it was "a handy and reliable book of reference for all classes, with a calendar and every information about weights and measures, Siamese festivals, postage and telegraph tariffs, notes on the ancient and modern history of Siam, and including official and general directories." The wide coverage of information that is elsewhere unavailable or hard to find, not least that on businesses operating at the time, makes this directory an effective research tool. The directory is also a treasure trove for general readers interested in the daily life and in the official and foreign personalities, important or otherwise, of this crucial period of King Chulalongkorn’s Reign.

(Bangkok 1996, reprint from 1894)

ISBN 974-8496-77-5

202 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

133 8 020 Bello, Walden, Shea Cummingham & Li Kheng Poh, A SIAMESE TRAGEDY. DEVELOPMENT & DISINTEGRATION IN MODERN THAILAND

Thailand has come to be known as the Fifth Tiger. With the Asian economic collapse of 1997-1998, this book poses the central question: Is this merely a short term crisis, or is there a real prospect of Thailand being pushed back into Third World status? The International Monetary Fund has intervened with an irrelevant, indeed damaging policy package that promises to determine the outcome. The book argues that, even before the collapse, the Thai economy had feet of clay. Walden Bello and his co-authors show how vested interests, local and international propelled the Thai people down a particular path which is unsustainable in terms of human exploitation, social disruption, ecological damage and economic fragility. Thailand, like the rest of the world, needs to rethink the fundamentals of its economic model.

(London & Bangkok 1998)

ISBN 974-8434-62-1

284 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 16.50

134 7 936 Beyrer, Chris, WAR IN THE BLOOD: SEX, POLITICS AND AIDS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

This engaging and vivid book investigates the course of the HIV epidemic in seven countries of Southeast Asia: Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam and China’s Yunnan Province. Emphasizing the impact of the cultural and political landscape of these countries on the progress of the disease, the book is the product of both working and travelling in the area. The book draws on the author’s encounters with people dealing with the effects of the epidemic and opponents of the regimes of the countries he describes. The different approaches in each country are chronicled and various groups at risk are described. Among other topics, women and contraception, prostitution and traffic in women, HIV and the US military, the heroin trade, gay sex workers, prisoners and the work of local activists are covered. The book offers some vistas for action, e.g., the empowerment of local women is advocated.

(London & Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-31-1

256 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 20.00

135 7 935 Bishop, Ryan & Lillian S. Robinson, NIGHT MARKET. SEXUAL CULTURES AND THE THAI ECONOMIC MIRACLE

In Thailand, a $4 billion per year tourist industry is the linchpin of the modernization process called the "Thai Economic Miracle." And what is Thailand’s main attraction? Sex for hire. Year after year, young women are lured to Bangkok to staff the teeming brothels that cater to male tourists from the United States, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, the Gulf States, Malaysia, and Singapore. Ryan Bishop, visiting assistant professor of English and adjunct professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University and Lillian S. Robinson, professor of English at East Carolina University, show in compelling detail how this "miracle" is being paid for with women’s lives.

(New York 1998)

288 pp., 155 x 230 mm, pbk. 25.00

136 21 843 Blenkinsop, Philip, THE CARS THAT ATE BANGKOK

Being the true and terrifying pictorial account of the Thai people’s struggle for survival in the age of the automobile, this book takes you on a death-defying foot-to-the-floor ride through the streets of Bangkok and spits you out, nerves shattered and palms sweating amidst the fumes and dying breaths of those who lost track of their lives along the way. It is an unashamedly shocking and thought provoking volume that bravely tackles the horror of automobile induced waste in today’s society. Not for the faint-hearted, The Cars that Ate Bangkok will forever change the way you view the automobile. Pick it up and take to the streets again if you dare.

(Bangkok 1996, limited numbered edition of 1,000 copies on 157g art paper) ISBN 974-8496-64-3

104 pp., fully illus., 210 x 300 mm 50.00

137 21 729 Brun, Viggo & Trond Schumacher, TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE IN NORTHERN THAILAND

This pioneering work offers a comprehensive analysis of the herbal medical tradition in rural northern Thailand. The focus of the research is the description and classification of local disease concepts and the complex relationships between disease, plants, drugs, and prescriptions. The work is based on extensive communication with local practitioners, clinical observations and local manuscripts. About 540 medicinal plants are identified together with their claimed medical properties. In addition, court medical traditions are discussed and the prospects for the survival of traditional medicine in the face of competition from cosmopolitan medicines are assessed. Extensive vocabularies as well as indexes of disease terms and botanical names, including a Thai index of disease terms, are provided. Here is a wealth of information for those interested in medicine, botany and ethno-pharmacology, while the historical and anthropological aspects of the research will interest many students of Southeast Asia.

(Bangkok 1994, reprint from 1987)

ISBN 974-8496-15-6

390 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

138 21 721 Buls, Charles, SIAMESE SKETCHES

This book is the very personal, sometimes controversial, account of the journey the world traveler and former mayor of Brussels, Charles Buls, made to Siam in 1900. Spanning the wide variety of Buls’s interests, from the urban Chinese to early agricultural developments in the countryside, this account always surprises by its insightful comments and sharp, often visionary, observations. Having been involved with the development of a world city himself, he was better placed than any other contemporary observer to speculate on Siam’s political, economic and social future. He shuns neither highly controversial viewpoints, nor topics, such as the comparative value of religions for a country like Siam, that were bound to bring him into trouble. This book, in which Buls’s original account is supplemented by material from his hitherto unpublished diary notes, letters and numerous photographs from Belgian archives, such as those of the inauguration of Dusit Park and the Ayutthaya elephant round-up, is a must for lovers of Fifth Reign history, and of Siam.

(Bangkok 1994, first English trans. from 1901) ISBN 974-8496-23-6

176 pp., fully illus., 145 x 210 mm 17.50

139 21 712 Chaiyan Rajchagool, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THAI ABSOLUTE MONARCHY: FOUNDATIONS OF THE MODERN THAI STATE FROM FEUDALISM TO PERIPHERAL CAPITALISM. Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 2

This is no ordinary study of nation building. It differs markedly in its theoretical approach from existing studies of Thailand. In the mid-nineteenth century, Siam was no more than a loose grouping of petty states and principalities, lacking well-defined borders and a centralized power structure. Yet within a period of forty years a unified state had emerged. How and why had this happened? Those are the questions addressed by this penetrating study. It is central to the author’s argument that the form of the new state was the absolute monarchy. He analyzes the socioeconomic conditions that existed at the time of Siam’s early contact with Western economic and colonial forces and examines the ways in which political and administrative control gradually came to be held by the Bangkok-based monarchy. The author also addresses the question of why, within another forty years, the absolute monarchy had been replaced by a constitutional monarchy.

(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8495-10-4

229 pp.,150 x 210 mm 25.00

140 22 029 Clutterbuck, Martin, THE LEGEND OF SIAMESE CATS

This book is essential reading for cat lovers. It brings together new translations of classical Thai texts about cats, entertaining accounts of the important place held by cats in Thai culture, whether in the palace or the village, and valuable information about the adoption of Siamese cats in the West, where they arrived in the nineteenth century. The Thais have a tradition of breeding cats dating back to the Ayutthaya period, and they wrote handbooks in concertina form about them, the illustrated Tamra Maew. Seventeen breeds of cats are described, including the famous Korat. The author analyzes at least six different textual styles in the eighteenth and nineteenth century manuscripts, and the findings are compared with modern scientific knowledge. The characters of the cats are described - the good, the bad and the lucky. These beliefs are mirrored in customs such as the rain ceremony, the use of cats as temple guardians, and superstitions still prevalent in Thailand.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-51-6

128 pp., 24 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk. 25.00

141 21 857 Cohen, Erik, THAI TOURISM: HILL TRIBES, ISLANDS AND OPEN-ENDED PROSTITUTION. Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 4

This book brings together almost two decades of Erik Cohen’s studies on different aspects of tourism in Thailand. A broad introductory review of the principal recent trends and transformations in Thai tourism is followed by in-depth studies of three tourist domains: ethnic tourism in the hill tribe area of northern Thailand, vacationing tourism on the islands of southern Thailand and sex tourism in Bangkok. These studies are based on extensive field work and set within the theoretical framework of contemporary sociology of tourism, on which the author is a leading expert

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN974-8496-67-8

409 pp., 150 x 215 mm, pbk. 30.00

142 21 938 Cornish, Andrew, WHOSE PLACE IS THIS? MALAY RUBBER PRODUCERS AND THAI GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN YALA. Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 5

A detailed case study of ethnic conflict in a development scheme in southern Thailand. The book describes the interactions between Malay rubber producers in Yala province and local Thai government officials who sought to establish and promote a co-operative rubber marketing project. Using the results of ethnographic fieldwork carried out near Thailand’s southern border, the author outlines the historical background to the region’s cultural diversity. After an investigation of the operations of the local bureaucracy, the focus shifts to two Malay communities to show how they participated in the government’s marketing scheme. One group enjoyed profits and success, while the other’s efforts ended in failure, yet the author argues that both display common elements in the struggle for control of material and cultural resources at the local level. The results provide a broader hypothesis about the nature of Malay resistance to Thai rule, and the place of minorities in modern Thailand.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-70-8

146 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

143 22 016 Curtis, Lillian Johnson, THE LAOS OF NORTH SIAM, SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF A MISSIONARY

Here is an insightful description of the people of northern Thailand around the turn of the century. The book contains the narrative of an American missionary’s journey from Bangkok to Lakon, where she spent four years in the local mission of the Northern Presbyterian Board, and descriptions of other journeys in the north—between Lakon and Chiang Mai, Nan, Prae and Chiang Rai. Her colorful writings encompass almost all physical and social features of the land and its people: geography, natural products and agriculture, wildlife, forests and fruit trees, customs such as betel use, food preferences, house-building and ceremonies such as marriage and burials, language, the life of children and, of course, religion. In the last of these as well as in her treatment of local politics, the author’s missionary biases are obvious, particularly in a description of the mission’s development and the persecutions endured by early Christians.

(Bangkok 1998, repr. from 1903)

ISBN 974-8434-14-1

360 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

144 21 866 Dodd, William Clifton, THE TAI RACE, ELDER BROTHER OF THE CHINESE

This book was of great importance for the intellectual and political history of Thailand during the first part of the century. Its traces can still be found in those chapters of Thai schoolbooks that deal with the original homeland of the Thais. The account of Dodd’s explorations in the southern part of China, Laos, and the northern part of Vietnam is of interest from an ethnographic point of view. The book contains details of the whereabouts, habits, and customs, as well as a smattering of the linguistic heritage of a variety of ethnic minorities; some of them are identified here for the first time in a printed account. Knowledge about these ethnic groups and their identity has always been scarce and this book is of great value not only to the scholar, but to all who are interested in the history of the various branches of the Tai-speaking peoples.

(Bangkok 1996, repr. from 1923)

ISBN 974-8496-62-7

388 pp., fully illus. 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

145 22 071 Döhring, Karl, THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE OF SIAM

 

The Country and People of Siam is the first English translation of Siam, Land und Volk, accompanied by 142 pages of original photos. The architect Karl Döhring lived and worked in Siam during King Chulalongkorn’s Reign. He was involved in many different projects for the king as well as for government departments and institutions. His professional training enabled him to observe with a sharp eye. His introductory text of 36 pages is brief but profound. He deals with the following topics: the country, waterways, population, character of the Thais, family life, agriculture, the legal system, cremations, court life and festivities, music and theater.

 

(A German version is also available.)

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-87-7

206 pp., 142 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk. 20.00

146 22 055 Fournereau, Lucien, BANGKOK IN 1892

This overview covers a great number of aspects of Siamese life, of the common people as well as of royalty and high officialdom. Bangkok’s great celebration and the sordid details of its pollution and body disposal problems as well as politically tainted descriptions of the state of feudalism and slavery in the kingdom are discussed by a French colonialist. The great buidlings and the significance of the main state ceremonies held in them are discussed and illustrated with colorful details. The book’s descriptions are greatly enhanced by more than fifty engravings, each a masterpiece of a craft that was about to disappear though it rivaled photography in the richness of its details and refinement.

(Bangkok 1999; First English trans. from 1894) ISBN 974-8434-42-7

172 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

147 21 867 Fouser, Beth, THE LORD OF THE GOLDEN TOWER: KING PRASAT THONG AND THE BUILDING OF WAT CHAIWATTHANARAM

This book is a study of symbols of power and legitimacy. King Prasat Thong, a usurper, attempted to justify his claim to the throne of Ayutthaya by reviving at Wat Chaiwatthanaram the Khmer-influenced prang in a form that had not been used for two hundred years. The author explores the cultural, historic, political and religious context from which Wat Chaiwatthanaram emerged. She describes its functions on religious and political levels and the interrelationships between Buddhism and kingship and related conceptions of legitimacy. Prasat Thong followed King Ramathibodhi, the venerated founder of Ayutthaya, who had used the prang in his architecture. At Wat Chaiwatthanaram the prang, along with other unusual features, such as the eight conical men (meru), the large crowned Buddha images, and the twelve stucco relief panels, together created a unified visual statement designed to proclaim his ultimate right to reign as King.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-59-7

152 pp., 20 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 19.50

148 22 121 Gerini, G. E., SIAM AND ITS PRODUCTIONS, ARTS, AND MANUFACTURES (1911)

This is the descriptive catalog of the Siamese Section at the International Exhibition of Industry and Labor held in Turin in 1911. Under King Chulalongkorn Siam promoted modernization and trade, and in 1904 had already participated in the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. The aim was to show the world that Siam was a worthy modern trading partner. Compiled by different experts, this book provides a wealth of information, not readily available to the public, and covering trade products and manufactures as well as selected services in the entertainment sector, such as theater, sports, and, horse-racing, and even educational services in commerce. There is also a section on Siamese-Italian relations. The English edition of 1912, reprinted here, is a revised and updated version of the original Italian exhibition catalog. It also contains the results of the exhibition: prizes awarded to the exhibitors in the Siamese Pavilion, for example A. Berli & Co. for benzoin and gutta-percha, G. Pappayanopulos for cigarettes, and the East Asiatic Co., Ltd. for timber wood, pepper, and gutta-percha. Various statistical tables, lists of awardees, Siamese plant names and, especially, its elaborate index make this book a very valuable research tool.

(Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1912)

ISBN 974-7534-14-2

440 pp., illus., 1 folded map, 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 22.50

149 21 359 Gervaise, Nicolas, THE NATURAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE KINGDOM OF SIAM

This new edition of the most exhaustive seventeenth century description of Thailand is illustrated with rare prints and maps. It is the result of the establishment of diplomatic relations during the reign of King Narai and is a much more detailed work than any of the score of French accounts of Siam produced by the members of the embassies of the 1680s to that country. Gervaise’s work has been used by Simon de La Loubère to prepare his own account.

(Bangkok 1997, English translation from 1688)

ISBN 974-8496-61-9

240 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

150 21 587 Glover, Ian, Pornchai Suchitta & John Villiers, EARLY METALLURGY, TRADE AND URBAN CENTRES IN THAILAND AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

This collection of thirteen archeological essays is based on papers originally presented to a research conference on early Southeast Asia held in Bangkok and Nakorn Pathom in April 1985. The papers have been revised and brought up-to-date by the authors. The 1985 Bangkok Conference was a continuation of the 1973 London Colloquy which resulted in the volume Early Southeast Asia (Smith & Watson, eds.).

(Bangkok 1992) ISBN 974-8495-76-1

231 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm 25.00

151 22 047 Goodden, Christian, AROUND LAN-NA. A GUIDE TO THAILAND’S NORTHERN BORDER REGION, FROM CHIANG MAI TO NAN

This book is a narrative and cultural guide describing an arc around Thailand’s north-western and north-eastern borders with Burma and Laos. It maps out an exciting frontier journey from Chiang Mai to Nan, taking in the KMT Chinese outposts of Nong Ook and Mae Salong, the recently vacated opium warlord territories of Hin Taek and Doi Larng, Mae Sai and the "Golden Triangle," the ancient Mekong riverfront towns of Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong, the Tai Lue weaving village of Huai Khon, and a swathe of remote mountainous jungle extending down the Lao border as far as Bo Bia. On the way, the text features separate exemplary in-depth cultural-historical accounts of the KMT, the Communist insurgency, the demise of opium baron Khun Sa, the weaving of the Tai Lue people, Nan’s temple murals, salt extraction at Bo Glua, Thailand’s recent economic crash, and the history of Lan-Na, of Chiang Mai, and Chiang Saen, as well as accounts of several minority peoples, including the Wa, Akha, Hmong, Yao, Tai Lue, Palaung, Lua (Htin), and the "Stone Age" Mrabri or "Spirits of the Yellow Leaves." The book is the most comprehensive and authoritative overview of this whole fascinating region available.

(Halesworth 1999)

434 pp., illus., 36 pp. illus., partly in color, 32 maps, 148 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

152 22 130 Goodden, Christian, TREK IT YOURSELF. TWENTY-FIVE SOLO JUNGLE TREKS ON FOOT AND BY MOTORCYCLE

This is the first and only thoroughgoing guide to do-it-yourself trekking in northern Thailand. The book provides detailed accounts and 50 maps of 25 treks in the provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, and Mae Hong Son. Indeed, if all the suggested variations on the trips are included, it outlines up to 100 expeditions. The treks range from a 2-hour picnic stroll to a waterfall to extreme jungle adventure lasting 4 to 5 days. Most are undertaken on foot, but, where appropriate, some are better carried out by motorbike or even mountain bike. The book guides the reader up Doi Pahom Pok and Doi Chiang Dao, tells how to scale Doi Pu Wae and trek in Nan’s Doi Phu Kha National Park, and describes walking the old "Old Elephant Trail" between Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai. It advises how to hire Lua, Karen, and Wa guides on the spot and suggests what equipment and food to take. There are thumbnail sketches of the various hill-tribe peoples met. This unique book will appeal to independent eco-conscious travellers seeking to explore solo Lan-Na’s mountains and forests, as well as to aspiring Rambos or Tarzans wanting to strike out into the jungle on their own.

(Bangkok 1999)

416 pp., illus., 36 pp. illus., mostly color, 50 maps,

148 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

153 21 831 Goodman, Jim, MEET THE AKHAS

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the Akha hill tribals of northern Thailand and their way of life. A language section is included to enable travelers to talk to their hosts.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-56-2

218 pp., 33 pp. illus. in color, 145 x 210 mm,

pbk. 17.50

154 22 063 Greene, Stephen L. W., ABSOLUTE DREAMS: THAI GOVERNMENT UNDER RAMA VI, 1910-1925

This monograph examines the troubled reign of the nation’s first Western-educated monarch. King Vajiravudh had great expectations of power when he ascended the throne because his father had reorganized the government along more Western, functional lines. The new King wanted to bring to Thailand many of those institutions and practices he had observed in Britain. Accordingly, he created associations, started social clubs and promoted Western forms of literature while urging the Thais to rally around nation, king and religion. It soon became evident that the King’s efforts were not creating the desired unity. Members of the royal family began quarreling with him soon after his coronation and a coup d’état among junior military officers was uncovered two years into his reign. The King also tried to wrestle with other chronic problems in his government. The Ministry of the Interior’s predominant position in the bureaucracy was a constant source of conflict that led to numerous department reshuffles. No matter how creative these efforts, the essential problem always came back to the bureaucrats, not their structures. Thai government was, more than anything else, an exercise in personal aggrandizement.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-69-9

240 pp., 1 p. color illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

155 22 065 Guillon, Emmenuel, THE MONS. A CIVILIZATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

The Mons inhabited a wide area from Funana (present day South Vietnam) through Cambodia, Thailand and Burma. This comprehensive study attempts to reconstruct the story of the Mon people and the evolution of their culture. It deals with all aspects of Mon culture, language, history and their contribution to later people who partly replaced them but accepted part of their culture.

The other books on the Mon are White Lotus reprints of Halliday’s works and Eleven Mon Dhammasat Rexts.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8298-44-2

380 pp., 16 pp. col. illus., 185 x 260 mm, pbk. 46.00

156 22 026 Howard, Michael C., Wattana Wattanapun & Alec Gordon (Eds), TRADITIONAL T’AI ARTS IN CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE

The papers contained in this book examine a variety of forms of artistic expression, including weaving and fashion, carving, painting, and dancing, as well as boxing. The chapters are written by academics and artists and the volume as a whole reflects a blending of the perspectives of those who study the arts and those who practice them. While the focus is on the arts of T’ai peoples in Thailand, attention is also paid to T’ais in the neighboring countries of Laos, Burma, China, and Vietnam. Such a geographical spread reflects a growing interest in the comparative study of T’ai-speaking peoples living in different political and social settings in an effort to better understand common themes in T’ai culture and how it has evolved throughout the region. The chapters are accompanied by ninety-three color photos that provide a pictorial survey of the forms of artistic expression among T’ai peoples.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-28-1

251 pp., 72 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 37.50

157 21 808 Holmes, H., WORKING WITH THE THAIS

Of course we’re the same. We see. We hear. We enjoy. We hate. We fight. We love. We want the best for our families. We may not all speak the same language, but when it gets down to the crunch, we can all communicate and cooperate. You want to be happy? Fine, do so! You need my help to be happy? Good, let’s see what we can do. People are the same wherever you go—from Pretoria to Paris, from Mexico City to Bangkok. Well, if we are so similar, why do foreigners complain so often about working with the Thais? And why do Thais frequently find foreigners so arrogant and exasperating? All people may see and hear and fear and enjoy, but it’s very possible that we aren’t seeing and hearing and fearing and enjoying in the same way as they are. I can bow, but I refuse to demean myself. I can restrain my anger, but I refuse to idly watch injustice being done. I can physically consume that food, but it is not what civilized people eat. In the end, our fundamental goals in life must be remarkably similar. But it is in the means we use to reach these goals that the differences emerge. And it is at this level, more importantly than at the superficial level of social do’s and don’ts, where the opportunities lie for us to develop understanding, respect, and the effective relationships we seek between ourselves and our Thai colleagues.

(Bangkok 1995; 5th printing 1998)

ISBN 974-8496-50-3

158 pp., 130 x 200 mm, pbk. 19.50

158 2 638 Hutchinson, E. W., 1688: REVOLUTION IN SIAM

The 1688 Revolution in Siam ended the first European attempts to penetrate the Kingdom. King Narai of Siam, a sick man even before the outbreak, died two months later a prisoner in his own palace at Lopburi—

displaced but nominally still King. The Revolution was followed by the reversal of an unpopular foreign policy—dependence upon France, and at the same time, a severe rebuff was administered to King Louis XIV’s advisers who aspired to subvert the national religion in Siam by attempting to convert the King to Roman Catholicism. This Memoir by Father de Bèze, a Jesuit priest, was discovered in 1936 in the G. E. Morrison Library in Tokyo. It was written in response to a request by the author’s religious superior for information and relates vividly the events that occurred during the upheaval which involved the court and foreign powers as well as the Greek adventurer, Constant Phaulkon.

(Bangkok 1990, reprint from 1968)

ISBN 974-8495-43-5

194 pp., 51 pp. illus., 135 x 210 mm, pbk. 13.50

159 22 056 Hutchinson, E. W., ADVENTURERS IN SIAM IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

One of the less considered, but grievous, misfortunes that befell old Siam when the Burmese sacked Ayuthia in 1767 was the destruction of Thai records. That loss gives the extant documents written by European visitors an enhanced value, as clues at least to the politics of the capital, however circumscribed by their authors’ prejudices and limited knowledge of the world they may be. Indeed, the attraction of Europeans to Siam in the reign of King Narai became a determinant factor in the course of Thai politics, especially through the foolhardy personality of the Venetian Greek adventurer, Constantine Gerakis, alias "Falcon" (spuriously rehellenized by himself as "Phaulkon"). This 30 to 40 year-old friend—and subsequently enemy—of Siamese White lived for several years at Narai’s court and manipulated French missionary ambitions, for his own ends, against the background of a century-long rivalry between France and Holland and the vacillating efforts of the Portuguese and the English to maintain their own trade. When his monarch-patron fell mortally ill, he too succumbed to the knives of the jealous, and Siam closed its doors again for a century and a half.

(Bangkok 1985; repr. from 1940)

312 pp., illus., 142 x 216 mm, pbk. 17.50

160 21 754 Jottrand, Mr. & Mrs. Émile, IN SIAM: THE DIARY OF A LEGAL ADVISER OF KING CHULALONGKORN’S GOVERNMENT

In Siam is a travelogue by Émile Jottrand and his wife. Jottrand was a Belgian assistant legal adviser in the Siamese Ministry of Justice during the period 1898-1902. This lively account presents the reader with all aspects of the work of the foreign adviser as well as the life of a western wife in Bangkok and other parts of Siam. Because of his official position, Jottrand was a privileged witness to everyday life in the courts and corridors of powers and in the parties of Siamese high officialdom during the Fifth Reign. His quasi-political comments enliven the narrative of Siam’s development at the end of the nineteenth century. Émile Jottrand and his wife were gifted observers and their keen perceptions span the environment and all social aspects that might strike the westerner in Siam as fascinating even in today’s context. Unique period photographs, discovered in the Jottrands’s private collection and from other archives, contribute to a book that reads as cinéma vérité.

(Bangkok 1996, First English trans. from 1905) ISBN 974-8496-39-2

472 pp., 104 illus., 145 x 215 mm, pbk. 30.00

161 21 633 Knights, Paul & Patrick McGeown, THOUGHTS FROM THE PATTAYA ORPHANAGE

A beautiful and touching collection of photographs of children from the Pattaya Orphanage, run by Father Ray Brennan.

(Bangkok 1993) (Proceeds will finance a nurse for the orphanage)

160 pp., fully illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

162 22 122 Kornerup, Ebbe, FRIENDLY SIAM: THAILAND IN THE 1920S

This travelogue from King Vajiravudh’s Reign is one of the very few reports on South Thailand. The volume complements Morgenthaler’s Impressions of the Siamese-Malayan Jungle and Warington Smyth’s Five Years in Siam, which covers a period twenty years earlier. The author devotes nearly a third of his account to the South, while he also traveled to the west, north, east, and central regions, by train, boat, and plane. His report is enriched with unusual pictures not found in other books and distinguishes itself by the varied and lively perspectives brought to bear on the scenes observed. (A German version is also available.)

(Bangkok 1999, repr.) ISBN 974-8434-96-6

312 pp., 48 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 15.00

163 21 050 Le May, Reginald, AN ASIAN ARCADY: THE LAND AND PEOPLES OF NORTHERN SIAM

A reprint from 1926 with a foreword by Major Roy Hudson, FRAS, in the 1986 edition, and the foreword of the 1999 edition by Barend Jan Terwiel. Le May arrived in Siam in 1913 and, in particular, describes the northern part where he traveled extensively. One of the few early accounts of the northern areas of Siam.

(Bangkok 1999, reprint from 1926)

ISBN 974-8434-70-2

362 pp., 64 pp. illus., 1 fold-out map, 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 17.50

164 20 238 Lemoine, J., YAO CEREMONIAL PAINTINGS

This book is about a very rare art tradition which has remained virtually unknown in the West until recently. It has been kept in seclusion for centuries by one of the most fascinating of the many hill tribes who inhabit South China, North Vietnam, Laos and northern Thailand. They are the Mien branch of the Yao tribal family. The popular art tradition described here stems from Chinese Taoist religious art. The Yao have been adherents to a southern school of Chinese Taoism for several centuries. This has made them unique representatives of an ancient Taoist trend which is barely, if at all, manifested in the various schools of modern Taoism. Today, Lemoines’s book is the standard work on this art.

(Bangkok 1982) ISBN 974-8495-01-9

170 pp.,, 296 color illus., 4 maps, 215 x 290 mm

75.00

165 21 730 MacGregor, John, THROUGH THE BUFFER STATE: TRAVELS IN BORNEO, SIAM, CAMBODIA, MALAYA AND BURMA

This book presents the recollections of the travels made by John MacGregor in Sarawak, Siam, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaya and Burma in 1895. It is a lively account of a medical doctor with a wide scope of interests, from contemporary political issues to the customs and the traditions of native peoples. From a well-read background, the traveler is searching for those weird things one often finds in travelogs, in order to verify and to savor. The account excels in its colorful and often witty descriptions of encounters and events on the roads between Singapore, Kuching, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Saigon, Malacca and Mandalay. It presents an accurate and lively picture of the people and the countries on the eve of rapid development.

(Bangkok 1994, reprint from 1896)

ISBN 974-8496-25-2

300 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

166 21 793 Marks, Tom, MAKING REVOLUTION: INSURGENCY OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THAILAND IN STRUCTURAL PERSPECTIVE. Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 3

This book is the first comprehensive treatment of the stunning campaign which saw Thailand win its battle against Maoist insurgency. The reasons for victory have hitherto been all but ignored. This is a mistake, because the Thai conflict provides an exceptionally useful opportunity for examining one of the more recent episodes of "political war" to play itself out. Furthermore, since the insurgents’ efforts to "make a revolution" were ultimately unsuccessful, there are practical as well as theoretical lessons to be learned. Ironically, in the end, it was the government’s "peoples war" that ended the Maoist-inspired effort by the Thai communists to seize power. What emerged is not a model of a particular combination of tactical or operational techniques. On the contrary, it was a victory for a strategic approach which sought ultimately to respond to Thai circumstances, particularly political realities. Only the change in those realities made effective the techniques chosen. Just as certainly, though, had the technique not been carried out, the results of the struggle could have been very different. In this sense, the counterinsurgency campaign existed in a symbiotic relationship with its society, while that of the would-be revolutionaries did not.

(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8596-30-9

300 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

167 21 974 Marks, Tom, THE BRITISH ACQUISITION OF SIAMESE MALAYA (1896-1909)

The book tells the story of the political maneuvering by Bangkok and London for possession of key semi-independent states on the Malay Peninsula. The book starts with the Anglo-Siamese Secret Convention of 1897, with which the British hoped to neutralize possible influences of other colonial powers, and it treats the Siamese drive to exclude foreign influences from the Siamese territories adjoining the British sphere of influence. The ill-fated attempt to set up a system of advisors to the Sultans is discussed. The significance of the ventures such as the Kra Isthmus canal and a Malay Peninsula railway project is elucidated using confidential British Foreign Office papers and contemporary newspaper sources. In the end, Siam would have to let go and the British acquired some of the Malay provinces on the Peninsula establishing the present borders of southern Siam and Malaysia.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-98-8.

168 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

168 21 537 Matics, K. I., INTRODUCTION TO THE THAI MURAL

Although Thai murals have been the subject of a few other studies in western languages, it is rare, indeed, that one encounters a study that reveals the rich cultural and historical tapestry interwoven throughout the art of Buddhist temples in Thailand. Dr. Matics’s study guides the reader through the complexities of Thai artistry, providing vivid descriptions of styles, techniques, origins, themes and mediums. Regrettably, many of the murals depicted are no longer in existence: hence, this book is a valuable historical record of Thai murals.

(Bangkok 1992) ISBN 974-8495-43-4

149 pp.,illus., 28 pp. in color, 210 x 295 mm 35.00

169 21 586 Matics, K. I., INTRODUCTION TO THE THAI TEMPLE

This introduction encompasses the architectural wealth of the Bangkok period, including its historical, cultural and religious significance. Besides being an introduction to temples, the book holds a key to understanding the people, the culture, and the traditions that are the essence of the art and architecture of Thailand.

(Bangkok 1992) ISBN 974-8495-42-6

141 pp., illus., 16 pp. in color, 215 x 290 mm

35.00

170 7 978 McCargo, Duncan, CHAMLONG SRIMUANG AND THE NEW THAI POLITICS

Since the early 1980s Thailand’s politics—like its fast growing economy—have changed immensely. Dramatic events, such as the 1991 military coup and the popular anti-military uprising of May 1992, have challenged conventional views of the Thai political order. The armed forces remain capable of seizing power, yet can no longer take their traditional dominance for granted. The military and bureaucracy are under threat from new sources of power—dissident religious movements, local politicans in Bangkok, the opposition, NGOs, and a critical mass media. Chamlong Srimuang, a former general who served for six years as governor of Bangkok and later became deputy prime minister and leader of the Phalang Tham Party, is Thailand’s most controversial politician. A celibate and vegetarian with no worldly possessions, he is best known for spearheading the mass protest which ousted military strongman Suchinda Kraprayoon from the premiership in 1992. This book examines his career.

"The best available book-length analysis of Thai politics to the present day, biography of a contem-porary Southeast Asian political figure, and case study of recent social and political development in the region." (Dr. John Sidel, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

(London 1998)

352 pp., 4 pp. illus., 135 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

171 21 727 McCarthy, James, SURVEYING AND EXPLORING IN SIAM, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF LAO DEPENDENCIES AND OF BATTLES AGAINST THE CHINESE HAW

This is an enchanting record of the personal observations of the main architect of Siam’s territorial surveying efforts. James McCarthy was the Siamese Government adviser who took on the bewildering task of defining exactly what Siam’s territory was. From 1881 to 1893 he struggled in the jungles of Northern Siam and present-day Laos against fever and lack of food, and against the pillaging Chinese Haw bandits, to produce the first map of Siam made to scale. Here is a rich world of information about the small states and peoples in Siam’s Lao dependencies, and on the early movements and trading of the hill tribes. McCarthy was a privileged eye-witness to the violent definitive settlement with the Chinese Haw and to the opening up of Siam’s interior to trade and developement.

(Bangkok 1994; repr. from 1900)

ISBN 974-8496-22-8

227 pp., illus., 2 folded charts, 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 19.50

172 22 057 McDonald, Rev. N. A., A MISSIONARY IN SIAM (1860-1870)

This missionary presents a down-to-earth account of life in Siam in the 1860s. This is important source material as there are very few descriptions of Siam by foreigners during that period. Most especially is this true for the coronation of King Chulalongkorn as only a handful of non-Siamese were permitted to witness this auspicious occasion. Throughout this is a book from which the reader can learn about Thailand’s past, forgotten events, customs and habits, some of which have disappeared. On the other hand, the details listed clearly indicate that Thai society and culture have not changed as much during the past century as have European and American ways. The book is illustrated with prints from the 1850s and 1860s.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1871)

ISBN 974-8434-02-8

128 pp., 8 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 14.50

173 22 111 McFarland, George Bradley (Ed.), HISTORICAL SKETCH OF PROTESTANT MISSIONS IN SIAM 1828-1928

The book was the only general study of Protestant church history in Thailand until the publication of Wells’s History of Protestant Work in 1958. But Wells’s book supplements McFarland’s rather than replacing it, leaving the Historical Sketch as the most important introduction to its subject. A new introduction and commentary assist the reader in using McFarland’s work by providing additional information and insights into its historical context, perspectives, and reliability. The book also provides background information for readers of nineteenth-century reports on Siam describing the missionaries and their services to the community in hospitals, leprosaria, schools, and other institutions. The volume also usefully includes a specially commissioned bibliography of the Protestant church in Thailand.

(Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1928) ISBN 974-8495-64-7

646 pp., 130 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 26.50

174 21 731 Morgenthaler, Hans, IMPRESSIONS OF THE SIAMESE-MALAYAN JUNGLE: A TIN-PROSPECTOR’S ADVENTURES IN SOUTHERN THAILAND

An important book on the internal turmoil and struggles of a young expatriate working in Siam. The book covers the period 1917-1920, when the First World War is devastating Europe and many questions about the fate of humanity are raised. The book is a study in character, both of expatriate behavior and of Siamese rural people, that may be compared to the now famous A Woman of Bangkok in its focus on the discovery of Eastern womanhood. Hans Morgenthaler’s often witty, soul-searching writing, published in the first Swiss edition, was so controversial that the British version was censored. The censored pages, recovered in the introduction, though innocent today, clearly reflect the flavour of the time as does the whole work-atmosphere of this geologist exploring Southern Siam for tin and gold. The exploration of the vast wealth that tin-mining promised and also delivered later in the south, was a source of deadly conflicts in which the young man soon found himself entangled. While the work of this geologist clearly drives him to his beloved, lonely jungle rivers, nowhere are the clashing values of a Westerner, confronted constantly with willing Siamese, clearer than in his loving words about the village people. As a character study of a Westerner trying to cope with Eastern realities, this book is as relevant today as it was three quarters of a century ago.

(Bangkok 1994; repr. from 1923)

ISBN 974-8496-27-9

220 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

175 22 117 Mouhot, Henri, TRAVELS IN SIAM, CAMBODIA, LAOS, AND ANNAM

Originally published as: Travels in the Central Parts of Indo-China (Siam, Cambodia and Laos during the Years 1858, 1859 and 1860)

This travelog is a classic description of parts of Cambodia, Laos, and Siam in the Reign of King Mongkut. Henri Mouhot is best known for re-discovering the ruins of Angkor Wat and, indirectly, causing a minor tourist boom there. Of course, the Khmers have always known about the ruins. Mouhot was a natural history researcher and explorer in virgin areas. He was followed in the 1860s and 1880s by the members of the Garnier and Pavie Missions. His exploration first comprised the central area of Siam and the southeastern seaboard (Chantaburi), from there he reached Cambodia and the provinces then under Siamese Government’s control around the Tonle Sap. He also ventured into areas of Annam (present-day Central Vietnam) inhabited by "wild" tribes but returned to Battambang and Angkor, and eventually to Bangkok. Another journey took him to Petchaburi on the eastern part of the upper peninsula. Then, his last journey, because he was struck down by fevers, covered the so-called Lao parts of Siam, now often referred to as Isan, but at that time only loosely associated with the nation. His final destination was Luang Prabang where he is buried. Part of his journey was originally published in the travel magazine Le Tour du Monde, but the present English version is more comprehensive in coverage.

(Bangkok 2000; repr. from 1864)

ISBN 974-8434-03-6

424 pp., fully illus., 8 pp. in color, 150 x 210 mm,

1 map, pbk. 25.00

176 22 004 Munier, Christophe, SACRED ROCKS AND BUDDHIST CAVES IN THAILAND

This is the first comprehensive study in English of a fascinating but little-known aspect of Thai Buddhism and culture. Rocks and caves are major places of pilgrimage in Thailand and this book places these natural holy sites in their historical, cultural and religious context. Rocks are sacred because of their shapes, the Buddhas carved on them or their links to the Buddha’s coming. Animist activities involving rocks started in prehistoric times and continue to this day. The earliest rocks integrated into a religious context belong to the beginning of the Dvaravati period (6th-8th centuries) that saw the birth and spread of Theravada Buddhism in what is present day Thailand. Caves have also been used as ritual places since prehistoric times and were inhabited by hermits and Buddhist monks during the Dvaravati, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Bangkok periods. They are adorned with mural paintings, stucco reliefs and statues. The book is lavishly illustrated with 300 plates, maps, and plans and provides practical information on how to reach these rocks and caves which are often in remote locations.

(Bangkok 1998)

ISBN 974-8434-19-2

278 pp., fully illus., partly in color, 210 x 290 mm,

pbk. 60.00

177 20 918 Neale, F. A., NARRATIVE OF A RESIDENCE IN SIAM

This book is the lively and humorous description of Siam of the 1840s. Most historical accounts of Thailand are either earlier in the 17th century or the latter part of the 19th century. Therefore, this book provides a fascinating account of a little known period. The author was in the service of King Rama III, a position in which he was able to garner more inside information than those who simply traveled through the kingdom. Neale provides lively descriptions of marriage and funeral ceremonies, festivals, and the character of the Siamese, but there is also the humorous account of subduing a rebellion, disputes between the government of Siam and Cochinchina, trade with China, and business in Siam. Also included is a revealing chronicle of his visit to Chantaburi. A glimpse of the understanding of early Siamese cartography, or the lack of it, is offered and the author’s description of meeting with an arrogant missionary should not be missed, nor should his anecdotes of other lively scenes of life in Siam in the 1840s.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1852)

ISBN 974-8496-79-1

266 pp., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

178 22 022 Nelson, Michael H., CENTRAL AUTHORITY AND LOCAL DEMOCRATIZATION IN THAILAND. A CASE STUDY FROM CHACHOENGSAO PROVINCE. Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 6

This book contributes to a political theory of contemporary Thailand. This study does not accept the demise of the bureaucratic polity, rather, center-periphery differences are emphasized as the bureaucratic polity is very much alive in the countryside. The institutional aspects of bureaucratic dominance, integration of the subdistrict level into the central hierarchy, the introduction of elections of subdistrict and village headmen and the often neglected provincial administrative organization are emphasized. The question whether there already exists a politically aware audience, indispensable as a countervailing force to the bureaucracy, is addressed by focusing on the widely used practice of electoral influence peddling and vote-buying. These questions are treated in the context of two major political changes in Thailand: decentralization and a reform of the relationship between the political system and the citizens.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 972-8434-17-6

346 pp., 24 pp. illus.,150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

179 22 110 Pallegoix, Monsignor Jean-Baptiste, DESCRIPTION OF THE THAI KINGDOM OR SIAM. THAILAND UNDER KING MONGKUT

This account gives a complete overview of basic features of the Thai people and of Thailand during the reign of King Mongkut. The description is directed at laymen in Western countries at a time when only a few objective travelogues on the Orient, written by traders and missionaries, reached the West. Monsignor Jean-Baptiste Pallegoix, for many years a missionary working in Siam and later Bishop of Siam and neighboring countries, elaborates on the daily life of the Siamese and on physical features of the country, and its flora and fauna as he found it in the early 1830s when he arrived. He describes the juridical and political institutions of the Thai state, including its elaborate system of nobility, and officials, serfs and slaves, its arts and crafts, and the growing agricultural production and exports of a nascent economy. As a Roman Catholic bishop he had a keen eye for the religion and history of the Thai people with respect to the likelihood of conversions to Christianity. Thai Buddhism and superstitions are treated in great detail, and the foundations and rules of this religion are provided for laymen. The book provides a detailed account of important events in the history of the country starting with the arrival of the first French missionaries—for example the behind-the-scene moves in the revolution of 1688 and King Narai’s relations with the French priests and his embassies to France—and concludes with a detailed description of the state of the Catholic Church in Siam around 1850.

(Bangkok 1999, First English trans. from 1854) ISBN 974-7534-05-3

440 pp., illus., 1 folded map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.22.50

180 2 922 Piriya Krairiksh, SCULPTURES FROM THAILAND

This is a fully illustrated catalog documenting 50 Thai sculptures. The author uses his own state-of-the-art classification system to offer a unique analysis of this form of Thai art.

(Hong Kong 1982)

197 pp., fully illus., partly in color, 270 x

260 mm 30.00

181 5 706 Rabinowitz, Alan, CHASING THE DRAGON’S TAIL: THE STRUGGLE TO SAVE THAILAND’S WILD CATS

The author was hired by a Thai Government agency to study leopards, tigers, and other wildlife in the Huai Kha Kaeng valley—one of Southeast Asia’s largest and most praised forests. It was hoped the research would help protect the many species that live in this fragile reserve area, which was slowly being decimated by poachers, drug traffickers and even the native tribes. The author discovers the many contradictions in the "land of smiles." Despite the Buddhist aversion to killing, Bangkok is the world’s largest center for illegal wildlife trade. Even more disheartening is the discovery that the very government employees who hired Rabinowitz to protect the forest routinely aid in its destruction. A book on Thai wildlife and about problems a foreigner encounters when working in Thailand.

(New York 1991)

270 pp., 16 pp. illus., 163 x 247 mm *25.00

182 21 667 Ramaer, R. THE RAILWAYS OF THAILAND

The Railways of Thailand describes a century of rail transportation development (1893-1993) in Thailand. The political and economic conditions in what was then Siam that persuaded the government to open up the country, the development of the rail network itself, and the locomotives and rolling stock that ran, and run today, on the system all are described in detail. This volume considers, in addition to history and the present railway scene, future planning of the State Railway of Thailand. Private lines, among them the very first railway in the country, are described. The text is supported by several maps, 60 diagrams, and over 130 mainly unpublished photographs, many of them of considerable historical interest. An earlier book by the author on the locomotives of Thailand has been carefully and extensively rewritten to make this the most comprehensive book on the subject available.

(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8495-01-5

190 pp., illus., 210 x 295 mm, pbk. 39.50

183 22 007 Redmond, Mont, WONDERING INTO THAI CULTURE OR THAI WHYS AND OTHERWISE

The Asian economic collapse that began in Thailand in July 1997 has prompted two major responses, utterly different and utterly predictable. One is that "the West knows best," but that the westernization has not gone far enough. Others insist that the wholesale consumption of foreign funds and value systems led to greed, blindness, and a breakdown in the moral balance and social control Asian societies thrive on. This book explores what these and many other issues mean from a Thai point of view. Newcomers and tourists will encounter nuggets of information and insight that may help make their stay more interesting and enjoyable. Others may benefit from explanations of Thai behavior and attitudes that constantly baffle them. People who have never come to Thailand might still want to know how it feels to have a wholly different outlook on life.

(Bangkok 1998)

196 pp., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

184 21 832 Reichart, P. A. & H. P. Philipsen, BETEL AND MIANG, VANISHING THAI HABITS

The book describes the chewing of betel as a long-established custom in Thailand and elsewhere in Asia. The chewing of miang (fermented tea leaves) is peculiar to Thailand. These habits and the para-phernalia associated with them have fascinated western observers in Thailand since the earliest travellers visited Siam in the seventeenth century. This work provides a comprehensive examination of all aspects of these habits. The history, the ritual, and the sociological significance are all presented, as are the production and preparation of the chewing quids and the pharmacological effects of the ingredients on the body. The authors, dental scientists who have studied these practices for many years, provide the reader with an understanding of the possible side effects and the medical and dental problems associated with these addictive habits. A large part of the book is devoted to describing the paraphernalia and utensils associated with the betel and miang habits. A superb collection of over 130 illustrations, mostly in full color, complement the text. Many of the items shown are extremely rare.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-53-8

136 pp., fully illus. in color, 210 x 295 mm,

pbk. 45.00

185 22 058 Ruohomäki, Olli-Pekka, FISHERMEN NO MORE? LIVELIHOOD AND ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTHERN THAI MARITIME VILLAGES.

Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 8 is an ethnographic account of the social and economic transformation of coastal villages in Phangnga Bay, Southern Thailand. The Andaman Sea region of Southern Thailand has been involved in the rapid transformation of the regional economy for over a decade and the repercussions of this transformation are very visible in the coastal villages of Phangnga Bay. Part of this transformation has meant that fishing is no longer the sole source of income for village households, but that a host of other activities compete with fishing and provide better opportunities for individuals who are prepared to engage in new activities. The changes in the source and patterns of livelihood that are taking place in Phangnga Bay villages are a graphic, at times almost grotesque, illustration of a social process occuring throughout the Southern Thai coast.

(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-60-5

310 pp., 8 pp. color illus., 2 maps, 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 17.50

186 22 124 Schliesinger, Joachim, ETHNIC GROUPS OF THAILAND: NON-TAI-SPEAKING PEOPLES

 

Ethnic Groups of Thailand describes 38 non-Tai peoples residing in Thailand - the well known mountain dwelling so-called hill tribes (Akha, Hmong, Htin, Khamu, Lahu, Lawa, Lisu, Mien, Pwo Karen, Sgaw Karen); lesser known northern peoples (Bisu, Blang, Haw, Kachin, Kayah, Kayaw, Kha Hor, Lamet, Mlabri, Mpi, Padong, Palaung, Pa-O, Parauk, Samtao) and northeastern and central lowlands (Bru, Cham, Chaobon, Chong, Gong, Kaleung, Kui, Mon, Seak, So, Thavung). Lastly, Semang and Sea Gypsies of southern Thailand and the Andaman Sea. These various ethnic groups are here classified by their language family and a description given of each one’s history, costume and crafts, houses and villages, agriculture and economy, society, ceremonies, myths and beliefs. All the groups are portrayed by 177 color illustrations taken by the author and an extensive bibliography for further reading.

(Bangkok 2000) ISBN 974-7534-17-7

350 pp., 56 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 30.00

187 7 572 Seabrook, Jeremy, TRAVELS IN THE SKIN TRADE. Tourism and the Sex Industry

Press coverage of the sex trade in Thailand routinely consists of ill-informed, moralising and sensationalist denunciation of the ‘industry’. Through the words of sex workers and their clients, acclaimed journalist Seabrook reconsiders this popular conception and explores the complex relationship between sex and tourism. In so doing he presents an objective, unmoralising and sensitive view of the industry. Through its examination of the many paradoxes surrounding this controversial subject the book also sheds new light on the wider and much more problematic relationship between the North and the South.

(London 1996)

188 pp., 135 x 215 mm, pbk. 25.00

188 7 977 Sinith Sittirak, THE DAUGHTERS OF DEVELOPMENT. WOMEN IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

This is a powerful feminist critique of the Western concept of development, which has brought profound changes to the lives of women in the South over the last thirty years. It is also an attempt to rediscover and rehabilitate traditional indigenous knowledge as an important basis for empowering women and re-establishing the foundation of reciprocity in North-South dialogue. The author looks at the damage "progress" has wreaked on the lives of Thai sex workers and of indigenous peoples globally and contrasts this with a portrait in words and pictures of her own "undeveloped" mother, "gardener, agriculturalist, cook, entertainer, tool and toy inventor and maker, traditional doctor resources manager, energy conservationist, food scientist, home economist, sustainable developer, ecologist and environmentalist."

(London 1998)

175 pp., illus., 135 x 216 mm, pbk. 16.50

189 21 715 Smyth, Warington H., FIVE YEARS IN SIAM, FROM 1891-1896 (Vol. 1 & 2)

The account reviews the dynamic situation in Siam at the end of the nineteenth century, with its vivid portrayal of the people and the place. Its author, a British national working for Siam’s government, skilfully navigated his way through uncharted political and social terrain traversed by Westerners and Siamese. His narrative provides a refreshing and singular perspective of the country in those tumultuous times. As an official in the newly created Department of Mines, Smyth traveled to frontier provinces undergoing the process of cartographic and administrative incorporation into Siam. His unique position enabled him to provide the first rigorously detailed and dramatic account of the Chantaburi and Pailin gem mines. Smyth also witnessed first hand the Paknam Incident of 1893, when French and Siamese gunboats engaged in a skirmish en route to Bangkok. Another factor that distinguished Smyth from his Western contem-poraries was his ability to speak Thai. No doubt Smyth’s direct communication with the Thai-speaking population informed his experience and also accounted for his amiable relationship with them. Smyth genuinely attempted to locate and understand each situation he encountered within its cultural context. With its unassuming charm and insights this account is a goldmine for scholars and lay readers alike.

(Bangkok 1994; repr. from 1898)

ISBN 974-8495-98-1

703 pp., illus., 4 folded maps in color, 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 45.00

190 22 108 Smyth, Warington H., FIVE YEARS IN SIAM (1891-1896). VOLUME 1. THE MENAM VALLEY, LAO STATES, RATBURI, TENASSERIM, AND PHUKET

This book covers the first part of the author’s journey in Thailand and includes an account of the gunboat incident with France in 1893. As an official in the newly created Department of Mines, Smyth traveled to frontier provinces undergoing the process of cartographic and administrative incorporation into Siam, the process of Siam’s colonization by Bangkok. Smyth’s ability to speak Thai contributed to his unfiltered knowledge of the country, and his work with its lively descriptions and informed understanding of what he observed remains a goldmine for scholars and present-day travelers alike.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1898)

ISBN 974-8434-91-5

370 pp., 12 pp. illus., 3 folded maps in color,

150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

 

191 22 109 Smyth, Warington H., FIVE YEARS IN SIAM (1891-1896). VOLUME 2. THE MALAY AND CAMBODIAN PENINSULAS, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF RUBY MINES

This book covers the second part of the author’s journey in Thailand and is one of the few accounts of the South of Thailand and the only detailed record of the ruby mines in Chantaburi and Pailin, at the time ruled by Bangkok. The volume covers the author’s travels, focussing especially on Cambodia’s ruby mines, and includes an account of the French occupation of Chantaburi.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1898)

ISBN 974-8434-92-3

369 pp., 4 pp. illus., 4 maps, 1 folded, 150 x

210 mm, pbk. 27.50

 

192 22 012 Smyth, Warington H., EXPLORING FOR GEMSTONES ON THE UPPER MEKONG. Northern Siam and Parts of Laos in the Years 1892-1893

This book is the account of a six-month journey from Bangkok to Luang Prabang and back through Nong Khai and Korat. The author’s mission was to explore the regions opposite Chiang Khong, on the left bank of the Mekong, for deposits of rubies and sapphires. Smyth’s work was part of a wider assignment to produce an overall survey of the mineral deposits of the kingdom. His geological report is admirably supplemented by his observations on the environment and the customs of the peoples he met on his journey. His love of ordinary people, the countryside and the jungle life that was both his ordeal and his delight for so many months is demonstrated in the scores of sketches that illustrate the book. An unusually detailed map of Central and Northern Thailand considerably enhances the value of this book.

(Bangkok 1998, repr. from 1895)

ISBN 974-8434-34-9

126 pp., illus., 1 folded map (255 x 450 mm), 150 x

210 mm, pbk. 16.50

193 22 035 Sopon Pornchokchai, BANGKOK MAP, BUSINESS LOCATION GUIDE BANGKOK

The most detailed city maps on 72 pages, covering 300 sq. km. compiled from specific city-wide surveys and a huge database. This guide facilitates chosing property for business as well as for setting up a residence. Property is divided into 14 groups: commercial, industrial, residential, entertainment, development sites, public institutions, mass transport, education centers, health, diplomatic uses, religious sites and other areas such as green areas, rivers, etc. Within each map further divisions are made indicated by different colors for easy reference.

(Bangkok 1998)

196 pp., 72 pp. in color, 220 x 300 mm 25.00

194 21 360 Subhadradis Diskul, M. C., HINDU GODS AT SUKHODAYA

A study in iconography in which the author applies the theory developed by Philippe Stern for Khmer iconography on Thai sculptures of the Sukhothai period. It attempts to establish a chronology based on the development of ornaments. This book has a preface by Jean Boisselier and is a revised version of a study in Thai language from 1966.

(Bangkok 1990) ISBN 974-8495-20-5

132 pp., fully illus., 215 x 295 mm, pbk. 37.50

195 22 125 Tachard, Guy, A RELATION OF THE VOYAGE TO SIAM PERFORMED BY SIX JESUITS SENT BY THE FRENCH KING TO THE INDIES AND CHINA IN THE YEAR 1658

The book describes the first French Embassy to Siam in 1685. The Embassy which set out on March 1685 was a remarkable event. It was triggered by the express request of the Siamese King Phra Narai, who for years had been extraordinarily interested in making contact with the King of France. Already at the end of 1680 Narai had sent a fully-fledged embassy to France on the Soleil d’Orient, a vessel of the French Oriental Company but this attempt ended disastrously when the ship foundered near the eastern coast of Madagascar with the loss of all people and its valuable cargo. This book, Guy Tachard’s first, was quite influential. It was the first of a large number of French works concerning late-seventeenth century Siam. Apparently, it was avidly read: the first three French editions date from 1686, 1687 and 1688, the first edition in the Dutch language dates from 1687, this English version appeared in 1688 and an Italian edition came out in 1693. When Engelbert Kaempfer visited the Dutch trading station at Ayuthia in June and July 1690 he found, read and annotated a copy of this book and it can be established that in his later writing on Siam he benefited from some of Tachard’s observations. It was a work that helped stimulate the French appetite to invest in a short-lived military adventure. This book still deserves attention, its mixture of scientific curiosity, methodic enquiry and religious zeal is typical of the period. The information it contains, in particular that which Tachard collated in the final part, provides us with an exemplary document on Siamese seventeenth-century culture.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1688)

ISBN 974-8434-34-6

275 pp., 27 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

196 21 723 Tanabe, Shigiharu, ECOLOGY AND PRACTICAL TECHNOLOGY: PEASANT FARMING SYSTEMS IN THAILAND

This study explores the rice farming system through which peasants live in and act on their immediate environments. While the peasant farming system is intrinsically founded on ecological relations, it actually works through human practices and complicated social processes at various levels. In dealing with this articulation between the ecological and the social, the author develops an anthropological concept of practical technology that explains how peasants organize their practices of farming by interacting and negotiating with the environment. Practical technology, he argues, constitutes the fundamental basis of peasant farming. It is bodily accumulated and transmitted, as opposed to modern scientific discourse and standardized technical prescription. In the light of such a theoretical perspective, this comparative study of peasant farming looks closely at ecological relations, irrigation practices, sequences of rice farming, and labor utilization in two communities in very different parts of Thailand: Chiang Mai and Ayuthia. The detailed ethnographic accounts of peasant farming illuminate the differentiated relationships between human agents and the environment within the two farming systems, the structures of which are based on historically developed forms of production. This original and innovative study of peasant farming and practical technology is of considerable interest not only to students of anthropology, geography and development studies but also to anyone who is concerned with agrarian and environmental problems in Southeast Asia and beyond.

(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8496-24-4

320 pp., 150 x 230 mm, pbk. 25.00

197 6 339 Tapp, Nicolas, SOVEREIGNTY AND REBELLION: THE WHITE HMONG OF NORTHERN THAILAND

The Hmong people have emigrated from China to Southeast Asia, and from there, since the ending of the Vietnam war, to France, America, and other western countries. This book explores how the Hmong have managed to maintain a strong sense of ethnic integrity despite centuries of oppression by more powerful majority populations. The author examines the current dilemma of the Hmong in an opium-growing village in northern Thailand. He shows how the dilemma is expressed by a wider contradiction between "being Hmong" or "being Chinese" and the second part of the book shows how the many messianic rebellions of the Hmong against centralized authority were motivated by a desire for literacy and the possession of a form of writing for their own language. In the final part the current situation of Hmong refugees in the West is examined, where we see the power and strength of this oral tradition of the Hmong in fashioning a new past and sense of history to deal with current crises and material conditions.

(Singapore 1989)

252 pp.,8 pp. illus., 162 x 254 mm 32.00

198 21 719 Terwiel, B. J., MONKS AND MAGIC: AN ANALYSIS OF RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES IN CENTRAL THAILAND

The book deals with Buddhism as it was practiced in a community in rural Central Thailand. The text is based on anthropological fieldwork during the late 1960s. The scene unfolds with the religious perspective of children and young adults who appear mainly interested in esoteric spells and magical diagrams. Full ritual knowledge is obtained by many men in their twenties when they join the order of monks for at least one Lenten season. The latter parts of the book are devoted to the world view of older people and an analysis of some Buddhist rituals.

(Bangkok 1994; 3rd revised edition)

ISBN 974-8496-03-1

320 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

199 21 830 Tips, Walter E. J., GUSTAVE ROLIN-JAEQUEMYNS AND THE MAKING OF MODERN SIAM: THE DIARIES AND LETTERS OF KING CHULALONGKORN’S GENERAL ADVISER

This study is based on three thousand pages of privately held letters and diaries of HM King Chulalongkorn’s General Adviser and other Belgian advisers working in Siam. The book covers the crucial period of Siam’s modernization, from September 1892 until January 1902, from the inside. It contains never before revealed information on a wide variety of developments of the time, from big powers’ attempts to usurp Siam’s independence over the Paknam Incident of 13 July 1893, to the arcane day-by-day struggles to implement much needed internal reforms of the kingdom’s legal framework and bureaucracy. This book offers material that has never before seen the light of day and astounding facts that change our understanding of the shaping of the free nation as it known today.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-58-9

522 pp., 16 pp. illus., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 35.00

200 21 872 Tips, Walter E. J., SIAM’S STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL: THE GUNBOAT INCIDENT AT PAKNAM AND THE FRANCO-SIAMESE TREATY OF OCTOBER 1893

This study tells the story of the French attempts to take over Siam in 1893. The battle between French warships and Siamese guns at Fort Paknam, on the mouth of the Chao Phya River, is told in the words of one of the main actors in the diplomatic struggles that preceded and followed the incident. Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns’s daily journal of the political maneuvering between France and Britain, the battles on the Mekong between French and Siamese troops and of the sleepless nights of HM King Chulalongkorn and his princely ministers, reads like a political thriller. The report of Siamese counter-attacks and diplomatic plotting, in which Prince Devawongse was the main actor, sheds light on hitherto unknown but crucial pages in the life of Siam as a modern nation in the making. Siam would preserve its independence and HM King Chulalongkorn would manage to hold on to most of the core territories of the kingdom in the Franco-Siamese Treaty of 3 October 1893 which followed the incident. Here is the story of a Siam dangerously close to losing her freedom.

(Bangkok 1996) ISBN 974-8496-81-3

272 pp., 37 illus., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

201 22 020 Tips, Walter E. J., CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN KING CHULALONGKORN’S KINGDOM. THE SPECIAL COMMISSION FOR THE REORGANISATION OF THE PROVINCIAL COURTS IN AYUTHIA (1896-1897)

The book tells the story of the Ayuthia Special Commission for the Reorganisation of the Provincial Courts in the words of Siam’s first Legal Adviser, Robert J. Kirkpatrick. After a temporary consolidation in foreign affairs had dealt with external threats, Siam was pushed on the road to internal reforms starting with the outdated court system. The Ayuthia Commission, starting work in September 1896, was the first of its kind to evaluate the courts upcountry and to judge hundreds of court cases that had been awaiting trial, sometimes for years. From tax evasion on boats and illegal distilleries, through thefts of cattle and property to abduction, rape, violent assaults and even murder, the commissioners heard witnesses and meted out justice. Justice was done too to those officials found taking bribes from prisoners wishing to escape from their chains, or torturing the accused, sometimes until death followed. The journal of the Commission’s activities reads like a kaleidoscope held up against the light of western principles of justice, reflecting the multicolored facets of Siamese society on the eve of modern times.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-27-3

302 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

202 21 767 Tuck, Patrick, THE FRENCH WOLF AND THE SIAMESE LAMB: THE FRENCH THREAT TO SIAMESE INDEPENDENCE 1858-1907

This study explains how narrowly Siam survived the French menace to her indpendence during the period of the European scramble for colonies. For half a century after arriving in Cochinchina in 1858, the French encroached on Siamese territory and interests in a variety of ways. By the 1890s, French colonialists, so influential in promoting French annexations in Africa and the Pacific, wanted to acquire the whole of Siam in order to create a "Greater Indochina" in imitation of British India. The integrity, the stability, and the very existence of the Siamese state were at stake. This study, based on a wide range of newly available French records, examines the changing aims and methods of French expansion. The author explains how French ambitions came to be frustrated by British diplomatic action. But he argues that the Siamese played an indispensable role in shaping the conditions which made British intervention effective.

(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-28-7

468 pp., 20 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 37.50

203 21 869 Turpin, F. H., HISTORY OF THE KINGDOM OF SIAM AND OF THE REVOLUTIONS THAT HAVE CAUSED THE OVERTHROW OF THE EMPIRE UP TO A.D. 1770

Originally published in 1771 as the first account in a Western language of the period of the French Embassies to Siam, the reign of King Narai and Constant Phaulcon, and of the sacking of Ayuthaya by the Burmese in 1767. The text was compiled from first hand accounts and reports of Christian missionaries and bishops. It presents a wealth of detail that is not readily available elsewhere. As a classical history, it deals mostly with battles, revolutions and the overturning of personalities and reigns. The final chapters provide an assessment of the trading potential of Siam and the neighboring states. The book, however, does not shun bloodshed and scandal, which seem to have been the order of the day. Indeed, when reading this book one wonders whether our ancestors and their times really are an example for the younger generations.

(Bangkok 1996; repr. from 1908)

ISBN 974-8496-63-5

210 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 19.50

204 22 031 Uchtomskij, Prince Esper Esperovitch, CZAREVITCH NICOLAS OF RUSSIA IN SIAM AND SAIGON (1891)

The book reports on the visit of the later Czar Nicolas II of Russia to King Chulalongkorn’s kingdom and to Saigon, one of the important early trade centers of France’s fledgling colony in Indochina. The visit was of great historical significance for the Thai nation. As a result of the extremely warm welcome given by the Thais, the bonds between the two Royal Houses became especially close. Only a few years later, after the Paknam Gunboat Incident of 1893, Russia would defend Siam’s case with Russia’s French allies. The author, a specialist in oriental religions and literature, was with the Czarevitch during the whole visit and testifies to great political skills and a rare clarity of vision of Russia’s future in the Orient. This book is an eye-opener for all those interested in big power politics at the turn of the century and its consequences for the small, independent kingdom of Siam.

(Bangkok 1999; First English translation from 1894, 1898) ISBN 074-8434-49-4

124 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

205 21 225 Vincent, Frank, THE LAND OF THE WHITE ELEPHANT: SIGHTS AND SCENES IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA 1871-1872

One of the liveliest and most readable of the many accounts by nineteenth century travelers of the countries of Southeast Asia and their rich and ancient civilizations which were still then largely unknown in the West. The great temples of Angkor, which were the principal objective of Vincent’s travels in Siam and Indochina, had only been rediscovered by Henri Mouhot thirteen years before this book was published. The author was a man of cultivated tastes and catholic interests, an adventurous and observant traveller and an accomplished writer, and these qualities combine to make this account, which was the first of several travel books that Vincent wrote about different parts of the world on four continents, as fresh and spontaneous as it was when first written.

(Bangkok 1988, reprinted from 1873, with a supplement of the 1884 edition)

(Bangkok 1988) ISBN 974-8495-26-4

475 pp., illus., folded map, 145 x 210 mm 30.00

206 21 548 Walker, Dave & Richard S. Ehrlich, HELLO MY BIG BIG HONEY!

Love letters to Bangkok Bar Girls and their revealing interviews. Collected and with introduction by D. Walker and R. S. Ehrlich. Prologue by Dr. Yos Santasombat. Glossary. Epilogue by Mrs. Pisamai Tantrakul.

 

(A French version is also available.)

(Bangkok 2000, 8th print run)

ISBN 974-8876-19-5

172 pp., 130 x 195 mm, pbk. 13.50

207 21 766 Wenk, Klaus, THAI LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION

This is a study of the extensive and diverse writings that form an integral part of the Thai literary tradition. The book is divided into tentative periods beginning with the discovery of an inscription on a stela, erected in 1292 by Ram Kamhaeng, and concluding with an overview of contemporary Thai literature. This study does not claim to comprise all titles and dates of literary relevance, but it contains all that is essential. The author’s predilection for some poets has attributed to them greater emphasis than others, for example, Sunthon Phu for whom writing poetry was, inter alia, an act of personal liberation and artistic play. The decisive message expressed by him in his verses has given direction to the evolution of Thai poetry. Detailed descriptions of what the author considers to be typical and of peculiar interest to western readers makes this study especially fascinating and take it beyond being a mere introduction to the subject.

(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-33-3

121 pp., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

208 21 936 Wimon Wiriyawit, FREE THAI: PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS AND OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

An important eyewitness account of one of the active participants. Group Captain Wimon Wiriyawit is one of the few survivors of a small group of Thais who were in the USA at the beginning of the Pacific War and who volunteered to work for the liberation of Thailand from Japanese occupation. The personal recollections are supported by official documents from US archives, released only recently. This book brings to light the differing agendas of the war allies: the USA, Britain and Nationalist China, as well as different ideas within the Thai political elite.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-90-2

347 pp., 8 pp. illus., 145 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

209 21 713 Wright, Arnold & Oliver T. Breakspear, TWENTIETH CENTURY IMPRESSIONS OF SIAM: ITS HISTORY, PEOPLE, COMMERCE, AND RESOURCES

A scarce antiquarian book, published in 1908, with a new preface by Bonnie Davies. This work has a wealth of information not found in other period publications in this form, particularly the abundance of historical photos of Chinese and western per-sonalities: foreign experts and advisers working in various government departments reflecting King Chulalongkorn’s effort to modernize the country; business men, lawyers, government officials, and military people. Topics covered by different experts are: the Royal family, constitution and law, diplomatic and consular representatives, the army and navy, police and provincial gendarmerie, finance, royal survey work, health and hospitals, imports, exports, and shipping, rice, the teak industry, mines and mining administration, engineering, means of communi-cation, ecclesiastical, the Siamese language, manners and customs, education, sport, Bangkok, the highways and sanitation of Bangkok, and the press.

(Bangkok 1994; repr. from 1908)

ISBN 974-8495-00-7

302 pp., fully illus., 230 x 310 mm 50.00

210 7 948 Young, Edward M., AERIAL NATIONALISM. A HISTORY OF AVIATION IN THAILAND

In 1911 aviation was introduced to Thailand through a traveling air show. This dramatic form of technological innovation quickly became integral to the country’s program of modernization as a means of gaining international respect. This first detailed study focusing on the pivotal years 1911-1945 traces the nationalistic impulses that drove the Thai quest for air power, first under the Thai royalty and then under the military regime that followed the coup d’état in 1932. The book also examines the later development of the Thai air force, when it helped regain territory ceded to the French, participated in the Japanese advance in Burma, and later provided clandestine support to the Allies in World War II. The author shows how economic, technological, and political issues affected the country’s choice of airplanes. The government’s purchase of American airplanes reflected in part a growing desire to draw away from the influence of England and France.

(Washington 1995)

388 pp., 28 pp. illus., 155 x 235 mm 30.00

211 22 126 Zimmerman, Carle C., SIAM: RURAL ECONOMIC SURVEY 1930-1931

This is the first survey of the Siamese rural population. The author compiled everything anyone needed to know about the rural Siamese. His efforts lie before you: a wealth of tables detailing the eating habits, living expenses, diseases, birth and death rates of the people. Here one can discover the average number of farm animals per family in the North, Northeast, South and

Central parts of the country. There are comparisons of the cost of glutinous and garden rice alongside explanations of the kilogram equivalent for the measures used by farmers to sell their paddy. One can examine the nutritional values of foods such as shrimp paste and fermented fish as well as a complete chemical analysis for common salts consumed in Siam. It is a remarkably detailed work and a valuable source for further studies.

(Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1932)

ISBN 974-7534-02-9

337 pp., 7 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 1 folded map

in pocket, pbk. 18.50

 

212 22 059 Barrelon, P., B. de Corbigny, Ch. Lemire & G. Cahen, CITIES OF NINETEENTH CENTURY COLONIAL VIETNAM: HANOI, SAIGON, HUE AND THE CHAMPA RUINS

This compilation volume provides reports by various French writers on the early development of the French colony of Indochina, present-day Vietnam. Pierre Barrelon’s (1859) very early account of the colonial history of Cochinchina, the southern part of Vietnam, is supplemented by an 1892 article on the considerable developments that took place in Saigon. Diplomat Broassard de Corbigny (1878) provides descriptions of Hue and of his audience with King Thu-Duc of Annam when the exchange of a treaty with France sealed the fate of Annam, the middle part of present-day Vietnam. Charles Lemire presents an overview of the rich Cham monuments, virtually the only remnants left of an indigenous culture displaced by the Vietnamese. Finally, after France marched into the northern part of Vietnam, then called Tonkin, it took development firmly in hand and established railway lines, roads, and educational and administrative buildings and systems. Gaston Cahen saw these developments in 1905 and reported on them and the ideas behind them. The reports are richly illustrated with engravings and period photos.

(Bangkok 1999; First English trans. from 1860, ‘78, ‘93, ‘94, 1907) ISBN 974-8434-56-7

248 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

213 21 868 Baudesson, Henry, INDOCHINA AND ITS PRIMITIVE PEOPLE

A lively report published by Captain Henry Baudesson in 1932 upon returning from years of work in the interior of Vietnam on various French colonial public works. The author lived for years among the Moïs, which means "savages" in Vietnamese, and comprises several hill tribes. He also spent a considerable period of time with the Cham, the curious remnants of the great Mohammedan Champa state. The book is lavishly illustrated with period photographs of these hill people and their customs in which captain Baudesson took a special interest. Their social life and religious rites are placed in the wider context of studies of primitive peoples in other parts of the world. His descriptions of their art and culture are charac-terized by great respect for those who would soon suffer so much from the growing influence of colonial ventures brought by way of the railway line on which he was himself working.

(Bangkok 1997, repr. from 1932)

ISBN 974-8496-69-4

246 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 27.50

214 22 028 Cupet, Captain P., AMONG THE TRIBES OF SOUTHERN VIETNAM AND LAOS. ‘WILD’ TRIBES AND FRENCH POLITICS ON THE SIAMESE BORDER (1891)

This book reports a chapter of Franco-Siamese politics played out in 1890-91 among the independent tribes inhabiting the crossroads between French Southern Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Since various semi-independent states in present-day Southern Laos and Cambodia were under the sovereignty of and paid tribute to the King of Siam, Siamese military units were once again confronting the dominant colonial power, France, on the borders. The author, Captain P. Cupet, was a member of the famous Pavie Mission and studied the politics as well as the ethnography and anthropology of the tribes for years. Therefore, this report incorporates significant material on such tribes as the Radé, the Djiaraï, the Davak, the Cédang, the Brao, the Bahnar and many smaller tribes. His pictorial material is outstanding and unrivalled as a record of the peoples that, in the 1960s, during the struggle for the forest trails in the next Vietnam war, entered big power politics once again.

(Bangkok 1998, First English trans. from 1893)

ISBN 974-8434-45-1

194 pp., illus. 16 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 16.50

215 22 060 Hocquard, Édouard, WAR AND PEACE IN HANOI AND TONKIN. A FIELD-REPORT OF THE FRANCO-CHINESE WAR AND ON CUSTOMS AND BELIEFS OF THE VIETNAMESE (1884-1885)

This work is the field report of a French medical doctor serving in the Franco-Chinese war over Tonkin and Annam in the period 1884-1885. The book reports the conditions under which this war was fought in the plains and hills of North Vietnam and describes a number of skirmishes between French and Chinese troops. However, Dr. Édouard Hocquard was much more than an army doctor of the first class, with the rank of major, actively engaged in caring for wounded soldiers; he was also a keen observer of the customs and beliefs of the Vietnamese. His attention is especially focused on social issues and the livelihood of the Vietnamese, but he was also a meticulous observer of natural history. Numerous splendid, and previously unpublished, plates of scenes of peace and war in the Vietnamese countryside and of picturesque towns make for a colorful and worthy addition to Dr. Hocquard’s descriptions.

(Bangkok 1999; First English translation from 1889-1891) ISBN 974-8434-41-9

624 pp., illus.,m 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 29.50

216 21 948 Morice, A., PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE IN AND AROUND SAIGON (1872-1873)

A report on Dr. Morice’s posting in the then newly- acquired colony of France, Cochinchina. Since the author took a special interest in snakes and insects, attention is paid to the less well known species of the area. Dr. Morice also elaborates on the local people and their customs, including the Chinese merchants active in Saigon and on the diseases most commonly occuring in various postings. A number of local customs and festivities are described through the tinted spectacles of a colonialist Frenchman. Dr. Morice also traveled the smaller towns of the Delta extensively, and contributes to our knowledge of the terrain before the French commenced their culturally damaging, large-scale intervention.

(Bangkok 1997; First English translation from 1875)

ISBN 974-8496-96-1

124 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 17.50

217 22 025 Neis, Dr. P., THE SINO-VIETNAM-ESE BORDER DEMARCATION, 1885-1887

The book reports on the work of the French and Chinese delegation which together formed the Border Demarcation Commission set up after the Franco-Chinese war (by the Treaty of Tien-Tsin, 9 June 1885) to determine and mark the borders between China and Tonkin, France’s newest possession in the Far East. Besides reporting on the work of demarcation, Dr. Neis reports briefly on the people and regions he passed through. He also provides a sketch of relations between local Chinese traders, lower-ranking mandarins on both sides of the border, and the Annamites and hill tribes of the border regions.

(Bangkok 1998; First English translation from 1887)

ISBN 974-8434-44-3

224 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 22.50

218 22 062 Orléans, Henri d’, AROUND TONKIN AND SIAM. A FRENCH COLONIALIST VIEW OF TONKIN, LAOS AND SIAM (1892)

Prince Henri d’Orléans’s political statement on the future of the French trade and territorial expansion in Indochina. It is partly a travelog of areas visisted: Hanoi, the Red River regions, the Upper Black River to Lai Chau, Luang Prabang and parts of Siam, and partly a political interpretation of the information gathered. The author’s interests range far and wide in the domains of commerce and industry of any kind that might turn out to be profitable for France’s colonial adventure in the Far East. He is also adept at canvassing political support with the local rulers, among whom the legendary Déo Van Tri is the best known. He also visited and described in passing several so-called hill tribes: Yao, Kha, Sa, Yan, and others. The book is illustrated with period illustrations, many of which are rare. Although variable in quality, these provide some idea of the "primitive" state of these future French subjects.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1892)

ISBN 974-8434-18-4

418 pp., 28 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

219 21 953 Osborne, Milton, THE FRENCH PRESENCE IN INDOCHINA AND CAMBODIA: RULE AND RESPONSE (1859-1905)

Milton Osborne’s pioneering study of the first five decades of French colonial presence in southern Vietnam (Cochinchina) and Cambodia has been described as "indispensable" in relation to Cambodia’s history and "fascinating" for its account of the rise of a French-backed Vietnamese elite in Cochinchina. Drawing on previously neglected archival sources in Paris, Phnom Penh and Saigon, the book shows that the effects of French policies were sharply different in these two regions. In southern Vietnam, France’s policy of direct rule created a new and important class of collaborators, men who were ready to work with the French and who gained materially from the colonial presence. In Cambodia by contrast, France preserved the king’s symbolic importance, despite stripping him of real power, a fact that was to be of great importance later in the twentieth century. Dealing with a broad range of issues, including administration, law and education, and providing vivid pen portraits of individuals of great interest, on both sides of the colonial divide, the book is important for the period it treats and as an introduction to the later troubled history of the Indochinese region.

(Bangkok 1997; repr. from 1968)

ISBN 974-8434-00-1

397 pp., 8 pp. in color, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

220 21 975 Schliesinger, Joachim, HILL TRIBES OF VIETNAM. VOL. 1. INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

This volume describes the diversity of lifestyles and cultures of the mountain peoples. Untouched by commercial development and modern attitudes for decades, most of the tribesmen sustain their traditions. Their natural surroundings are occupied by spirits and genies. Village and house construction, agricultural activities, weddings, child births, sickness, death and many more everyday situations are influenced by spiritual beliefs. This first volume introduces the ethnography and the classification of the hill tribe groups in Vietnam and presents a general overview of the habitation, social structure, government policy, education, health care, swidden farming, opium cultivation, religion and traditional customs. The complexity of their way of living is clarified with 254 illustrations.

(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8434-10-9

166 pp., 80 pp. illus. in color, 4 maps, 150 x

210 mm, pbk. 30.00

221 22 002 Schliesinger, Joachim, HILL TRIBES OF VIETNAM. VOL. 2. PROFILES OF EXISTING HILL TRIBE GROUPS

The book deals with the tribal customs and habits of all 50 mountain peoples living in Vietnam. This volume describes the history, costumes and crafts, design of houses and villages, agricultural activities and the economy, society and religious practices of each individual group. The variety of their traditions is shown in 229 illustrations.

(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-11-7

216 pp., 72 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm,

pbk. 30.00

222 21 950 Terzani, Tiziano, SAIGON 1975: THREE DAYS AND THREE MONTHS

This book reminds us of the fall of Saigon and the defeat of the Americans in South Vietnam. Many people today visit Vietnam and in the back of their minds they connect that country with a long, painful war that happened there many years ago. But how did that war end? Here is a unique eye-witness account of that dramatic, epochal event written by a journalist who was present. Terzani had been in Indochina as a war correspondent for over four years when, on April 27th, 1975, he slipped back into Saigon. The city, surrounded by the Vietcong and North Vietnamese forces, was in panic and thousands of people were trying to escape. Foreigners, including most journalists were soon evacuated by American planes, ships and helicopters that landed on rooftops just before the communists moved in. Terzani decided to stay and he reported on the next ninety-four days: the last-ditch negotiation attempts, the panicked US evacuation, the precipitous conquest of Saigon, the anxious waiting for a bloodbath that never came, and the first signs of transformation and reconstruction. Terzani, whose reports of the takeover at Doc Lap Palace on April 30th, 1975, were the first news bulletins out of the new Vietnam, brings an informed passion to this exclusive story. He provides dramatic revelations about the last few days of the American presence: how the Americans blocked negotiations to gain time for their own evacuation, the story behind the abortive baby-lift, the unmasking of agents on both sides. He offers an incisive picture of Saigon waiting, the Americans escaping, of communist troops marching triumphantly into the city center shouting "Giai Phong! Giai Phong! Liberation! Liberation!"

(Bangkok 1997: repr. from 1976)

ISBN 974-8496-93-7

305 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

223 22 061 Vassal, Gabrielle M., THREE YEARS IN VIETNAM (1907-1910). MEDICINE, CHAMS AND TRIBESMEN IN NHATRANG AND SURROUNDINGS

This doctor’s wife’s diaries cover a great number of aspects of the life of Vietnamese, Cham and hill tribe people around Nhatrang as well as that of the life of a French medical doctor and his wife in colonial Vietnam. Gabrielle Vassal, a British national, had a good eye for the position of women and for daily household life and used her keen sense of observation and inquiry to analyze what she saw. The Vassals engage in the usual touristic and health excursions to the Langbian plateau with its agricultural station, but also in big game hunting, at that time still acceptable. The book provides a good overview of local ceremonies, superstitions and beliefs, and of the medical issues confronting the administration. This book’s descriptions are greatly enhanced by more than one hundred extremely rare period photographs of all aspects of the life of these peoples and of some of the old Cham monuments in Nhatrang.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1910)

ISBN 974-8434-53-2

284 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

 

Yunnan

224 22 024 Dupuis, J., A JOURNEY TO YUNNAN AND THE OPENING OF THE RED RIVER TO TRADE

This is the account of the daring journey of a French trader up the Red River in 1872-1873. This was the first attempt by a westerner to use the Red River to access the riches of Yunnan and defy the established Chinese and Vietnamese powers and their customs collectors. Sailing under the Chinese flag, J. Dupuis also defied official French foreign policy and showed that the trade was possible and that great profits were to be made. He cleverly made alliances and traded arms with the Chinese authorities in Yunnan and negotiated with the Black and Yellow Flag irregular armies. Whilst breaking treaties that France had negotiated with the Court of Hué, this bold trader made a journey that represented a major step in changing official French policies in respect to Tonkin, present-day northern Vietnam. J. Dupuis, who identified gold, silver, copper, tin and other mines, opened vistas, especially French, of a lucrative colonial adventure in Southeast Asia.

(Bangkok 1998; first English translation from 1880) ISBN 974-8434-30-3

112 pp., 1 map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 16.50

225 22 127 Orléans, Henri d’, FROM TONKIN TO INDIA BY THE SOURCES OF THE IRAWADI, JANUARY ‘95-JANUARY ‘96

The report on Henri d’Orléans’s trip to the sources of the Irrawaddy river in Tibet. The account is rich in details of the geography, tribal people, trade, languages and customs and beliefs of the regions the expedition crossed through Yunnan, among many others. The Upper Mekong in China, the Salween and the Irrawaddy river valleys were further explored and a number of tribes from those areas are placed in the context of the history of the migrations from China. The reporter also has a keen eye for the political issues of the day, mostly the machinations of the British and the French to further trade with the area and for the presence and activities of French missionaries, e.g. in Tibet.

(Bangkok 1999; repr. from 1896)

ISBN 974-8434-18-4

437 pp., 16 illus., 150 x 210 mm, 1 folded map

in pocket, pbk. 22.50

226 22 112 Pichon, L., A JOURNEY TO YUNNAN IN 1892: TRADE AND EXPLORATION IN TONKIN AND SOUTHERN CHINA

The book, originally published in 1893, is the vivid first-hand account of Dr. Louis Pichon’s two-month journey from Hanoi to southern Yunnan in spring 1892. Part travelog, the book is also part tract, urging development of France’s relatively new Protectorate of Tonkin. It spans a variety of genres and takes up a number of issues of urgent concern for the colony’s economic development. The improvement of transportation links with China lies at the center of Pichon’s exhortations, and he discusses the future of trade and industry in the region with the passion of a convert. A medical doctor by profession, he also deals with the ravages of plague, with insalubrity, and ill health. A tale of colonial ambitions and attitudes, this highly readable account will appeal not only to specialists of Vietnam and Yunnan but to any reader keen to voyage in the "exotic" regions of northern Vietnam and southern China of some hundred years ago.

(Bangkok 1999; First English Translation from 1893)

ISBN 974-7534-12-6

142 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 13.50

227 22 021 Roux, É., SEARCHING FOR THE SOURCES OF THE IRRAWADDY: WITH PRINCE HENRI D’ORLÉANS FROM HANOI TO CALCUTTA OVERLAND (1895-1896)

Roux’s account is one of the reports of an overland trip from Hanoi to Calcutta through an area that was identified as containing the sources of the Irrawaddy River as well as those of some of the other great rivers of Indochina. The expedition was under the leadership of Prince Henri d’Orléans and the author, a geographer, was one of his two French companions. The book elaborates on the trade routes of the region and on the various tribesmen living in the localities the expedition passed through. Tibet and the Salween River Valley are among the new territories described by this French expedition, together with the Upper Mekong Valley which was then unexplored by Westerners. Numerous new species of monkeys, birds, and other animals and plants were collected. The main contribution of this travelog, however, lies in the geographical work of the author and in the determination of the exact location of the sources of the Irrawaddy River.

(Bangkok 1999; first English translation from 1897)

ISBN 974-8434-21-4

280 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. 25.00

228 21 597 Zhu Liangwen, THE DAI OR THE TAI AND THEIR ARCHITECTURE AND CUSTOMS IN SOUTH CHINA

This book is the first of its kind in the English language to deal extensively with the architecture of the Dai peoples of South China. It includes sections dealing with Dai customs, ceremonies and beliefs, animistic as well as Buddhist, which are presented in parallel with physical descriptions of houses, villages and monasteries. The evolution of the houses on stilts, chracteristic of Dai and indeed all Tai people, is discussed both in functional terms and in relation to some aspects of the Dai mythology of Sipsongpanna. The cultural comparison between Dai and other Tai groups extends to symbolisms and the role of cosmology in determination of the forms of monastic architecture, all of which are set out clearly in this book. Together the authors have produced a technically precise work which is stimulating and exceptionally well illustrated. Architects in the region may well draw lessons from the array of design "grammar" contained in these pages which are indigenous in spirit.

(Bangkok 1992)

148 pp., fully illus., 8 pp. in color, 180 x 250 mm, pbk. 22.50

The Pavie Mission Indochina Papers

1879-1895

Volume 4. J. de Malglaive & A. -J. Rivière, Travels in Central Vietnam and Laos

Written by two untiring French army explorers the fourth volume provides an overview of exploration work done in the Central parts of Laos and Vietnam. The various itineraries cover the area between Luang Prabang and Bassac on the Mekong and Vinh and Hué on the Vietnamese coast. The maps produced by these professional topographers comprise important river valleys only partially uncovered until then, the country of the Puan and the settlement areas of various primitive so-called Kha tribes of the plateaus and mountains covering the narrow strip of land between Siam (Thailand) and French Indochina. The explorations were carried out in the framework of the Mission Pavie and politically motivated. The itineraries during this part of the work were in particular geared to finding convenient access roads from the Mekong to the coast. Together with a series of maps and itineraries published in Volume 2 of the series, Atlas of the Pavie Mission, that guide the reader through these still relatively remote areas, period photographs provide images of tribes long gone and primitive virgin landscapes thoroughly changed by development.

350 pp. 59 illus, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

 

Volume 5. P. Lefèvre-Pontalis, Travels in Upper Laos and on the Borders of Yunnan and Burma

394 pp., 131 illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

 

Volume 6. P. Cupet, Travels in Laos and among the Tribes of Southeast Indochina

458 pp., 45 illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

A.-F. Legendre, Dangerous Passes: Exploring Western China and The 1911 Revolution

Originally published in 1913, this report is a vivid account of the Legendre Mission’s travels of scientific and geographic discovery in Szechwan and the Tibetan Steppes. A portrait of remote, mountainous regions, their natural phenomena and diverse ethnic groups, Legendre’s memoir also becomes by force of circumstance a dramatic tale of high adventure. Engulfed by the Revolution sweeping across China, the Mission comes to a catastrophic end with Legendre’s work in ruins. Having barely escaped with his life, his retrospective account is marked both by failure and triumph. He offers invaluable perspectives on the region’s geography, flora, and fauna, and on its rural life and trade. The record of a passionate scientist and a keen observer of China’s first great twentieth-century revolution, this volume is as informative as it is fascinating.

Henri Parmentier, Victor Goloubew & Louis Finot, A Guide to the Temple of Bateay Srei at Angkor

First English translation of La Temple d’Içvarapura (1926) 228 pp., 78 pp. illus., 270 x 370 mm

Stuart Munro-Hay, Nakhon Sri Thammarat: The Archeology, History, and Legends of a Southern Thai Town

Dr. Clovis Thorel, Agriculture and Ethnobotany of the Mekong Basin. The Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866-1868) - Volume 4

Nguyên Xuân Hiên, Glutinous-Rice-Eating in Vietnam and Elsewhere

290 pp., 16 pp. color illus.,150 x 210 mm, pbk.

Prince Dilok Nabarath, Siam’s Rural Economy under King Chulalongkorn

Based on the dissertation by Prince Dilok Nabarath, Prince of Sarn, son of HM King Chulalongkorn by Chao Chom Manda Dibakesorn of Chiang Mai, submitted for the degree of Doktor der Staats-wissenschaften at the University of Tübingen, Germany, the book covers virtually every aspect of the agricultural base of Thailand’s economy at the turn of the previous century. The reforms in the legal status of various classes of slaves, serfs, free people, nobles and others are sketched against the background of a farmers’ class producing ever more agricultural produce for export. These exports are discussed in great detail too. The various farming systems to produce the entire gamut of exports from rice to livestock are explained. The efficiency and impediments to production increases are placed in the historical context of the widening communications network of the country. Special attention is paid to supplementary sources of income, many of which are still used today. The geographical framework of farm products is also presented. Prince Dilok concludes his dissertation with enlightened recommendations, some of which have successfully overcome the onslaught, in modern times, of misguided development projects, inappropriate donor-enforced macro-economic policies, application of capital-intensive technology damaging the agricultural production base, and, last but not least, corrupt ministers and government officials, to remain more than ever relevant in Thailand’s rural economy.

340 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

Andreas Gruschke, Amdo: Cultural Monuments of Tibet’s Outer Provinces

The first of two volumes with a systematic survey of the historical monuments of eastern Tibet (Kham and Amdo), present-day Qinghai, Gansu, and Sichuan provinces of China. This work includes such isolated Lamaistic foundations and art as the Qutan monastery, and cave sanctuaries along the Silk Road. The author also describes surprisingly active monastic establishments. A pioneering reference book of religious and historical monuments in Amdo. Profusely illustrated in color.

 

 

Étienne Aymonier, Isan Travels. Northeast Thailand’s Economy in 1883-1884

A book with more detailed reports on Northeast Thailand that have ever been collected by a nineteenth-century explorer. Étienne Aymonier was a specialist in Cambodian studies and traveled together with trained Cambodian assistants through Isan from south to north and from east to west, visiting many of the region’s districts. He reports on the political situation, dependency relationships among districts and provinces and their relations with the Court in Bangkok, agricultural and forestry commodities, usage and value of various local and national currencies, ethnic and language groups living in all villages he passed through, superstitions and religion, betel and opium use and other vices, population data and numbers of registered taxable men, taxes paid to Bangkok, and "corruption money" paid to various authorities including the Siamese Court and ministry officials. Most of all, Aymonier accurately describes the accessibility overland and by water of many extremely remote areas of the interior and their trading relations. There are also detailed descriptions of important crafts such as salt production, basket weaving, iron forgery and casting, and various non-agricultural occupations and sidelines of farmers. Naturalists will find that the varieties of vegetation the author and his assistants encounter are accurately described, with special attention to various tree species, including those that produce timber and dyes, and to the availability of water, that life-bringing commodity still so scarce in today’s Isan. Illustrated with 55 A4-size maps.


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