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This book examines the interactions between the European employees of the Dutch East India Company, or the VOC as is its Dutch acronym, and the members of the royal court of Ayutthaya, usually referred to as the Kingdom of Siam in contemporary Western sources. It attempts to analyse the historical construction of codes of practice, which, in the case of the Dutch in Thai society, defined right and wrong, normal and abnormal, agreeable and not agreeable. To comprehend the behaviour and attitudes of the Ayutthayan court in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it is essential to understand Thai kingship, since that was the fundamental reason for the court’s existence. The book examines mainly two types of sources: the official VOC reports and the travel literature composed by Company men. This monograph is organized according to both chronological criteria and a thematic order.

Keywords: Ayutthayan court; Dutch East India Company; foreign trade; Thai kingship; VOC-Siamese relationship



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