Prisdang’s Controversial Diplomacy
This chapter documents Prisdang's appointment to King Chulalongkorn's government, as he moved back and forth between Siam and Europe as he rose in the ranks from civil engineer to interpreter to ambassador. In him, however, what some considered brilliance others regarded as unmerited arrogance. The contradictory reactions his presence aroused in European and Siamese circles fueled his eventual expulsion from the center to the margins of Siam's political, social, and diplomatic arenas. His unnamed detractors who had influence with the king began to shred Prisdang's reputation, bit by bit over time, until he raised a gun to his head and considered pulling the trigger.
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