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Sovereign Necropolis: The Politics of Death in Semi-Colonial Siam

Trais Pearson


By the 1890s, Siam (Thailand) was the last holdout against European imperialism in Southeast Asia. But the kingdom's exceptional status came with a substantial caveat: Bangkok, its bustling capital, was a port city that was subject to many of the same legal and fiscal constraints as other colonial treaty ports. This book offers new insight into turn-of-the-century Thai history by disinterring the forgotten stories of those who died “unnatural deaths” during this period and the work of the Siamese state to assert their rights in a pluralistic legal arena. The book documents the piecemeal introd ... More

Keywords: Siam, Thailand, European imperialism, unnatural death, dead, colonial treaty port, Bangkok

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501740152
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501740152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trais Pearson, author
Boston College