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Bones Around My NeckThe Life and Exile of a Prince Provocateur$
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Tamara Loos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704635

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704635.001.0001

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Europe

Europe

Prisdang’s Controversial Diplomacy

Chapter:
(p.23) 3 Europe
Source:
Bones Around My Neck
Author(s):

Tamara Loos

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501704635.003.0003

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.

Keywords:   King Chulalongkorn's government, diplomacy, contradictory reactions, Europe, Siam, Prisdang's reputation, controversies

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