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French Wolf and the Siamese Lamb, The
ISBN :   9789748496283
WL Order Code :    E21767
Price :    Euro23.80
Print :   Bangkok 2009, repr. from 1995;
Size :   481 pp., 29 pp. illus. in col., 5 maps, 150 x 210 mm pbk. Weight  0.780 kg
  Tuck, Patrick

French Wolf and the Siamese Lamb, The
:The French Threat to Siamese Independence 1858-1907
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This book explains how narrowly Siam survived the French menace to her independence during the period of the European scramble for colonies. For half a century after arriving in Cochinchina in 1858, the French encroached on Siamese territory and interests in a variety of ways. By the 1890s, French colonialists, so influential in promoting French annexations in Africa and the Pacific, wanted to acquire the whole of Siam in order to create a “Greater Indochina” in imitation of British India. The integrity, the stability, and the very existence of the Siamese state were at stake. This study, based on a wide range of newly available French records, examines the changing aims and methods of French expansion. The author explains how French ambitions came to be frustrated by British diplomatic action. But he argues that the Siamese played an indispensable role in shaping the conditions that made British intervention effective.

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