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Remain Or Leave?: The Dutch And The Eighteenth-Century Siamese Court

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The Dutch-Siamese relationship was put to the test in several ways between 1733 and 1767. Judged by Dutch participation in Siamese court ceremony, the VOC men of the eighteenth century still mastered the language of ritual which had been passed down from many generations of their predecessors. Though from a less privileged position, they were still able to perceive the changing power relations at the court of Ayutthaya in its last decades. Ironically, in the end, the Dutch understanding of the new power relations among the Siamese elite only made them realize that they no longer had anyone to turn to for help. Despite all the difficulties with which its men were constantly confronted, the VOC did not give up its place in Siam easily. The Dutch did not explicitly mention optimism or disbelief among court members, but rather emphasized the confusion and disagreements at court.

Keywords: court of Ayutthaya; Dutch; ighteenth century Siamese Court; King Borommakot; King Prasatthong; VOC men

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