McDaniel, Matthew; Akha Voices: Hilltribe Days, Human Rights-Land Rights-The Right to One's Own Culture and Religion
This journal in book form covers a wide range of topics. The main chapters are: The Akha, Akha Events, Who’s Destroying the Akha Way of Life?, and Human Rights Documents. This is an emotional cry for help as details about the threats that the Akhas are facing from different sites become clear. One of the few books that document the events bluntly.
WL Order Code 21050
Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1926; 362 pp., 64 pp. illus., 1 folded-out map, 150 x 210 mm, 0.670 kg
Le May, Reginald; Asian Arcady: The Land and Peoples of Northern Siam, An
A reprint with a foreword by Major Roy Hudson, FRAS, in the 1986 edition, and the foreword of the 1999 edition by B.J. 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.
Westerhausen, Klaus; Beyond the Beach: An Ethnography of Modern ravellers in Asia
This work examines drifter-style tourism, a sanitized and institutionalized tourism alternative, in Asia. Over the last thirty years drifter tourism has developed its own myth and spawned a mobile subculture of Western travelers. The study seeks to illustrate the historical background, nature and ideology of present-day travelers in Asia and to present an “insiders view” of the subculture based on more than sixty in-depth interviews conducted in the field. The impact of those travelers on destinations in Asia is documented by chronicling the fate of the islands Koh Samui and Koh Phangan in Southern Thailand. Those islands, at one stage or another, were some of the largest travel centers in Southeast Asia and subsequently achieved Hollywood fame through Alex Garland’s popular novel The Beach. However, even without Hollywood, Asia’s travel subculture is worth paying attention to. With rapidly increasing numbers of travelers, it now represents a viable market in its own right, one that fits in well with an ecologically sustainable tourism product. However, development of this tourism alternative is frequently being undermined by unsustainable growth due to a lack of planning and by the destruction of its destination sites by other tourism sectors. Experience shows that without advance strategies for their development, many of those sites tend to develop either in an unsustainable manner or become the target of “hostile takeovers” by outside operators and competing tourism sectors. This state of affairs has been instrumental in condemning travelers to remain always just one step ahead of conventional mass tourism.
WL Order Code 22244
Bangkok 2001, 299 pp., 64 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.480 kg
Cohen, Erik; Chinese Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, The
This vegetarian festival is the most popular and complex religious event in southern Thailand. In this richly illustrated work, Erik Cohen presents a detailed ethnography of the festival based on extended fieldwork conducted in the course of the 1990s. The focus of Cohen’s analysis is the interrelationship between the dynamics of the festival, Chinese ethnicity in contemporary Thailand and the development of tourism on the island of Phuket. The study shows that, though the festival expanded considerably in recent times and became increasingly spectacular, its fundamental structure manifests a surprising degree of continuity, even as its meaning increasingly changes from a devotional ritual to a public spectacle. Surprisingly, however, the growing popularity of the festival is due less to foreign tourism on the island, and more to a growing attraction of the festival for the Thai and foreign Chinese believers and visitors, in quest of an “authentic” Chinese festival which cannot be seen anymore even in contemporary China.
WL Order Code 22643
Bangkok 2010, 358 pp., 57 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.480 kg
Ivanoff, Jacques; Cultural Roots of Violence in Malay Southern Thailand, the Comparative Mythology: Soul of Rice: Vol. 1: The Tutelary Figures of Malay Political Heroism
This book gives a voice to the Malays of southern Thailand by offering readers a rich and original corpus of their oral literature. The storyteller Wo Seng is the guardian of the Malay oral tradition. It is thanks to him that the great South (Patani, Yala, and Narathiwat Provinces) has been able to preserve an identity free of the influence of communists, separatists, and fundamentalists that ensured a privileged relationship with the supernatural and scared world. If this identity, as expressed in rice rituals, paintings on the hulls of boats and the performance and representations of sacred theatres, were to be abandoned as a result of seduction by political discourses and preconceived ideas, the reality of a complex and culturally rich ground might be lost. These people of the South, although largely misunderstood or ignored by the outside world, have nevertheless always been able to adapt themselves to the surrounding Chinese and Buddhist world. It is only by trying to decipher the ideological foundations of the culture of the Malay inhabitants of southern Thailand that one can envisage the possibility of one day putting an end to the acute tensions they now suffer.
Farrington, Anthony; Dr Richardson's Missions to Siam 1829-1839
Dr Richardson’s manuscripts survived in the East India Company’s archives and in the contemporary Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. Anthony Farrington has now brought them together for the first time. They contain a wealth of information on Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang, parts of the country, which were completely unknown to Europeans, as well as fascinating encounters in Bangkok at a crucial period in the history of early modern Siam. David Richardson (1796-1846), a surgeon in the English East India Company’s Madras Army, was posted to Moulmein when the Company seized the Tenasserim Provinces at the end of the First Burmese War. One of the first British officers to become fluent in Burmese, his skills were diverted into various diplomatic missions. Between 1829 and 1839 he made four remarkable pioneering journeys overland into Siam
WL Order Code 22291
Bangkok 2002, 458 pp,. 20 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.680 kg
Dearden, Philip; Environmental Protection and Rural Development
This volume of edited conference proceedings targets many of the key problems now facing Thailand. For almost a decade Thailand enjoyed world-leading economic growth rates. But this short-term growth also concealed long-term costs to the social and environmental fabric of the country. This book contains a wide selection of papers that address issues relating to rural development and both marine and terrestrial environmental protection. It starts with an overview of some of the current challenges facing Thailand and finishes with a plea for the need to “Walk the Middle Path” towards future development. In between there are chapters ranging from the impacts of aquaculture through to cash crop development in the highlands and the current state of the marine park system in Thailand. The book will be indispensable reading for anyone with an interest in natural resource management, environment and sustainable development in Thailand.
WL Order Code 22203
Bangkok 2007 560 pp., fully illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 1.000 kg
Gardner, S., Pindar Sidisunthorn, Vilaiwan Anusarnsunthorn; Field Guide to Forest Trees of Northern Thailand, A
This guide provides details of 430 species of trees and notes a further 450 species covering over 75 per cent of the total native tree flora. It provides identification keys for all major families and genera, a comparison table for difficult groups, habitats, flowering and fruiting periods, local names and uses, distribution patterns in neighboring countries, synonyms and cross references to regional floras.
WL Order Code 22058
Bangkok 1999, 310 pp., 8 pp. illus. in col., 2 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.450 kg
Ruohomaki, Olli-Pekka; Fishermen No More ?
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 the social process throughout the Southern Thai coast.
WL Order Code 22108
Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1898; 370 pp., 12 pp. illus., 3 folded maps in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.600 kg
Smyth, Warington H.; Five Years in Siam (1891-1896) Vol. 1
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.
WL Order Code 22109
Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1898; 369 pp., 4 pp. illus., 4 maps, 1 folded, 150 x 210 mm, 0.520 kg
Smyth, Warington H.; Five Years in Siam (1891-1896) Vol. 2
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, focusing especially on Cambodia’s ruby mines, and includes an account of the French occupation of Chantaburi.
WL Order Code 21715
Bangkok 1994, repr. from 1898; 718 pp., illus., 4 folded maps, 140 x 210 mm, 1.000 kg
Smyth, H. Warrington; 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. It is a vivid portrayal of the people and the place. Its author, a British national working for Siam’s government, skillfully navigated his way through uncharted political and social terrain. 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 that at the time went through 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 contemporaries 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.
WL Order Code 22122
Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1926; 312 pp., 48 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.450 kg
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, but 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.)
WL Order Code 22674
Bangkok 2013 450 pp., illus. 12 pp. maps, 175 x 250 mm., 1.400 kg
Mackay, Colin; History of Phuket and the Surrounding Region, A.
is the first book to comprehensively examine the little-known history of the Phuket region. It incorporates over 1000 direct contemporary writings and quotes from commentators and visitors over the last 2,000 years. The book is divided into 38 chapters and is illustrated with over 100 maps, pictures and some previously unpublished photographs from a private Phuket collection. This fascinating story is written in a simple, entertaining style which will leave the reader with a much clearer understanding of why Phuket and its people are the way they are today. This history summarizes the arrival of the first peoples to the region, its vital role in ancient east west maritime trade There is a detailed account of the destruction and battles of the Burmese invasions of Phuket in 1785 and 1809. The boom in tin mining and the massed Chinese immigration it attracted. In the 20th century it recounts the rapid development of Phuket Town, the Japanese invasion and the local battles in WWII. Finally it examines Phuket’s post-war transformation into the global, almost jet-set, island it is today.
WL Order Code 21731
Bangkok 1994, repr. from 1923; 248 pp., 150 x 215 mm, 0.460 kg
Morgenthaler, Hans; Impressions of the Siamese-Malayan Jungle:
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 flavor 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.
WL Order Code 22185
Bangkok 2000, first English trans. of 1895, 1897; 347 pp., 55 pp. of maps, 210 x 295 mm, 1.200 kg
Aymonier, Etienne; Isan Travels: Northeast Thailand's Economy in 1883-1884
A book with more detailed reports on Northeast Thailand than 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 forging 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.
WL Order Code 22486
Bangkok 2006, 158 pp., fully illus., 24 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.380 kg
Shahriari, Andrew C.; Khon Muang Music and Dance Traditions of North Thaialnd
This work describes in detail the traditional music and dance of northern Thailand—the area of the former Lanna kingdom and its legacy. The author has researched and performed the various musical instruments individually and in ensembles in Thailand and the United States. This book is invaluable for serious students of Thai music, as well as for the many visitors from abroad who visit Chiang Mai and its environs every year, enabling them to understand and appreciate better the various traditional dances and music encountered during their stay. Numerous photographs accompany informative text that covers eight of the most common dances, more than fourteen khon muang instruments, and the eight primary ensemble traditions of the region. National, regional, and local events, such as Spirit Dances, are also highlighted to reveal the wealth of vibrant musical activity found throughout the region.
WL Order Code 22016
Bangkok 1998, repr. from 1903 374 pp., 12 pp. illus. B & W, 150 x 210 mm, 0.530 kg
Curtis, Lillian Johnson; Laos of North Siam, Seen Through the Eyes of a Missionary, The
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.
Farrington, Anthony; Low's Mission to Southern Siam 1824
Low’s mission was meant to enlist Siamese support for the British invasion of Burma. His mission was a failure, but the report he produced, published here in full for the first time, provides a fascinating picture of the whole area. The Andaman Sea coast of Thailand, from Phuket to the Malaysian border, is now one of the greatest tourist regions in the world. One hundred and eighty years ago it was known only to its small local population, to a few annual traders for birds’ nests and tin, and to a scattering of Siamese officials. James Low (1791-1852), an officer of the English East India Company’s Madras Army, stationed at Penang, was an early student of the Thai language.
WL Order Code 22560
Bangkok 2008, 196 pp., 48 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.340 kg
Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf; Moken and Semang: 1936-2004 Persistence and Change
This is a new edition of the first part of the Austrian ethnographer and photographer Hugo A. Bernatzik’s work The Spirits of the Yellow Leaves. Bernatzik’s famous book on minorities in Thailand and beyond was originally published in 1938 and appeared in English translation in 1958. This first part was titled Mergui and South Thailand. Jacques Ivanoff, a CNRS scholar, who has been studying the Moken for a number of years and written several books on these so-called “sea-gypsies”, introduces the present volume with an analysis of Bernatzik’s work. He also deals extensively with the situation of the Moken today, sixty years after Bernatzik did his study. Ivanoff describes how the Moken survived the Tsunami of December 2004, explaining how their preservation of traditional knowledge and culture enabled them to understand what happened at sea, before the disaster struck. The second part of Bernatzik’s work is published separately under its original title, with an introduction of author and work by Prof. Jørgen Rischel, who also analyzes Bernatzik’s data on the Mlabri language. The two most extensively documented ethnic groups in Bernatzik’s work, the sea-based Moken and the jungle dwellers Mlabri, are of Malay and Mon-Khmer affiliation, respectively. Each group occupies a niche away from the mainstream societies, and they have done so for a long time, most likely on their own will.
WL Order Code 20805
Bangkok 1984, 324 pp., 14 pp. illus., 160 x 230 mm, 0.600 kg
Davis, Richard B.; Muang Metaphysics
A study on northern Thai villages, to record a dying culture and to discover the structures underlying Northern Thai rituals and to relate these structures to a common rationale
The 9 chapters deal with the anthropological study of rituals, the Muang, Cosmology, the New Year, Agricultural Rites, the End of Lent, Rites of Territory and Clanship, Myth and Rite
WL Order Code 22237
Bangkok 2001, 525 pp., 48 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.760 kg
Munro-Hay, Stuary; Nakhon Sri Thammarat: The Archeology, History and Legends of A Southern Thai Town
This monograph on Nakhon Sri Thammarat, previously known by its Malay name of Ligor, is one of the very few books about this neglected part of the country. The book chronicles inscriptions dating back to the arrival of the Europeans in the thirteenth century. The author collates valuable data, including most recent research, from the period of the Mon Kingdom of Dvaravati, relations with the Khmer Empire, the Kingdoms of Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and also Bangkok. The city and its environs, inscriptions, temples, chedis, and shrines, and the great reliquary of Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan are described, as are other ancient sites, religious images, and antiquities in the province. Details on the tin trade in southern Thailand, the coinage of the town, and Dutch traders’ correspondence from the seventeenth century are also included.
WL Order Code 22183
Bangkok 2001, 242 pp., 3 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.570 kg
Damrong Rajanubhab, Prince; Our Wars with the Burmese
This may well be Thailand’s most famous history book. Known familiarly as Thai Rop Phama, it was first published in 1917 and quickly became very popular. The author gave the state he had just built a new national history by recounting 24 wars between Siam and Burma from 1539 to 1767. The book was later translated into English by a Burmese who had worked for Siam’s forestry department, and who had helped Prince Damrong with Burmese source materials. The tales which Prince Damrong selected from the chronicles have since entered school textbooks and popular culture. It was this book which first made famous the heroism of Queen Suriyothai, the elephant duel at Nong Sarai, King Naresuan’s “declaration of independence,” the guerilla resistance of Bang-Rachan, and the drama of Ayutthaya’s fall.
WL Order Code 22123
Bangkok 1999 252 pp., 48 pp. illus., 1 map, 150 x 210 mm, 0.440 kg
Moreland, W. H.; Peter Floris: His Voyage to the East Indies in the Globe, 1611-1615 Siam, Pattani, Bantam
This reprint provides an account of a trading mission on behalf of the British East India Company, the Globe being the first English vessel to take part in trade with the Bay of Bengal, and to sail through the Straits of Malacca and of Singapore. The events described predate the later, well-known accounts of the French travelers Tachard and de La Loubère and differ in observations made. Trade being the sole objective, events and local conditions are described in terms of the market, and in parts in a modern way. For example, both the English and Dutch had local factories producing cotton cloths because markets to be visited demanded cloth with meticulous reproductions of cheap stereotyped designs. Skins and hides were purchased in Siam, the competition having taken the Japanese market for other goods. The port of Siam was then the entrepôt for goods brought by Chinese junks. The impact of the arrival of Dutch traders on the Portuguese interests, events in Siam itself, and local wars, including those with Burma, provide a fascinating backdrop to the risks and successes of trade, as described by the author. The Globe returned home after four and a half years with an added cargo of pepper and achieved a successful three for one profit, as is explained in the very informative introduction to the book.
Madmarn, Hasan; Pondok & Madrasah in Patani, The
Patani, a southern border province of Thailand was once the center of Islamic education and earned the title “cradle of Islam” for the Malay Muslim World. Patani has preserved a unique religious, cultural character and institution which could not be found in the region. This town, with its well-known pondok and its learned tok guru attracts Muslims from the four southern provinces. The pondok being the center of traditional Islamic education of the Muslims in Thailand became the focal point of attention by the Thai Government in the past three decades. During the process of education reform the pondok institution was first changed into the madrasah before transforming into the Islamic private schools. The government strives to incorporate the Thai language and culture into the Islamic religious schools. The outcome of the government’s effort shows that the students of the Islamic private schools now master Thai, Malay and Arabic.
WL Order Code 22465
Bangkok 2005, 272 pp., 56 pp. illus., 2 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.440 kg
Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf; Spirits of the Yellow Leaves: The Enigmatic Hunter-Gathers of Northern Thailand, The
A colorful travel account and documentary work by the Austrian ethnographer and photographer Hugo A. Bernatzik. First published in German in 1938 under the title Die Geister der gelben Blätter it is long since out of print. This is an important work for several reasons and it is certainly worth publishing again. In the years 1936-37 Bernatzik traveled in both Southern and Northern Thailand and the southern fringe of the Shan State, with a final excursion into Vietnam. In his book he gave interesting accounts of the ethnic groups he visited, Moken, Akha, Lisu, Biet and others, all documented with outstanding photographs of lasting historical value. In the present edition additional photographs from Bernatzik’s collection have been added. The work now appears in two volumes. The core of the present volume is a large section on an enigmatic and notoriously shy hunter-gatherer tribe called “the Spirits of the Yellow Leaves”. This ethnic group still exists both in Thailand and Laos, though it numbers only some 300 people. It is nowadays referred to as the “Yellow-Leaf People” or as Mlabri (Mla’ Bri’, literally: “forest people”). In his Introduction to the volume Jørgen Rischel places Bernatzik’s intriguing account in the context of earlier and recent research. For decades there was controversy over the authenticity of his data; Rischel shows that the criticism was beside the point. Bernatzik took down a short word list in imperfect notation, which has vexed linguists ever since. Rischel has identified almost all words on the list as belonging to the language still spoken by the Mlabri. The complete analysis presented here has not been published elsewhere. It will be of particular relevance to comparative Mon-Khmer research, but it is also of general interest since the vocabulary reflects culture and gives evidence of how this ethnic group traditionally viewed the world. Jørgen Rischel is professor emeritus in general linguistics and phonetics, University of Copenhagen, and was a guest researcher at Mahidol University. Since 1982 he has been doing fieldwork in Thailand and Laos. His monograph Minor Mlabri appeared in 1995.
WL Order Code 3461
Ubon Rathchathani 2009 4 sheets, 850 x 600 mm, 0.060 kg
McCarthy, James; Surveying and Exploring in Siam,
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 territories were. 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 development.
WL Order Code 21866
Bangkok 1996, repr. from 1923; 388 pp., fully illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.600 kg
Dodd, William Clifton; Tai Race, Elder Brother of the Chinese, The
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 special 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.
WL Order Code 21857
Bangkok 1996, 2nd printing 410 pp., 150 x 210 mm, 0.560 kg
Cohen, Erik; Thai Tourism: Hill Tribes, Islands and Open-Ended Prostitition
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.
WL Order Code 22071
Bangkok 1999 206 pp., 142 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, 0.810 kg
Doehring, Karl; The Country and People of Siam
Photographic Impressions of Siam is the first English translation of Siam, Land und Volk, accompanied by 142 pages of original photographs. The architect Karl Dohring 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 is brief but profound. He deals with the following topics: the country, waterways, populations, character of the Thais, family life, agriculture, the legal system, cremations, court life and festivities, music and theater.
WL Order Code 21729
Bangkok 2007, repr. from 1987; 390 pp., 150 x 210 mm, 0.700 kg
Brun, Viggo and Trond Schumacher; Traditional Herbal Medicine in Northern Thailand
This study is a pioneering work offering 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 diseases, 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 in the appendix, together with their claimed medical properties. In addition, the book contains charters on the court medical tradition, and considers the prospects for the survival of traditional medicine in the face of competition from modern cosmopolitan medicine. The authors also provide extensive vocabularies, as well as indexes of disease terms and botanical names, including a Thai index of disease terms. There is a wealth of information for those interested in medicine botany and ethnopharmacology, while the history and anthropological aspects of the work will interest many other students of Southeast Asia.
WL Order Code 22130
Bangkok 1999, 452 pp., 36 pp. illus., mostly in col., 50 maps, 145 x 210 mm, 0.630 kg
Goodden, Christian; Trek It Yourself in Northern Thailand
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 travelers 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.
WL Order Code 21806
Patani 1995, 138 pp., fully illus. in col., 210 x 260 mm, 0.520 kg
Boulbet, Jean; Vers Un Sens de La Terre
The retreat of the dense forest in Southern Thailand during the last two decades. For more than forty years, the author has surveyed the undergrowth of the dense forest of Southeast Asia thus discovering its rare and common species, its botanical treasures, and its inhabitants—animal and human. Jean Boulbet, scientist and story-teller, blends statistical data and poetry so that the reader may share the adventure of the great dense forest of this region. This book is testimony and appeal to man to regain a sense of the earth before it is too late.
WL Order Code 22656
Bangkok 2012 177 pp., 73 pp., illus. in col. 210 x 295 mm., 0.645 kg
Patcharin Lapanun & Barbara Earth, Benjawan Narasaj, Patcharin Ruchuwarara , Soutthanome Keola; Village-based Silk Production in Northeast Thailand
The book is an important study of the silk industry in Thailand. It provides a brief history of the industry and examines the role of the Thai government, private companies, and non-government organizations in promoting the industry. The authors study six villages that are integrated into the industry in different ways in regard to the significance of different aspects of sericulture, silk weaving, the selling of silk products, and especially in their use of different species of silk worms. There are 149 color plates that provide detailed illustrations of the silk industry in northeastern Thailand.
Cornish, Andrew; Whose Place is This?
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.