SUZERAIN - TRIBUTARY RELATIONS: AN ASPECT OF TRADITIONAL SIAMESE STATECRAFT (c.19th CENTURY)

Sathian, Mala Rajo (2006) SUZERAIN - TRIBUTARY RELATIONS: AN ASPECT OF TRADITIONAL SIAMESE STATECRAFT (c.19th CENTURY). Journal of Sotheast Asian Studies, 11 (1).

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Abstract

It will focus in particular on the relations between the Siamese King who was the suzerain ruler and his tributary or vassal (Thai: muang prathetsarat) states located in the outlying peripheral areas. The relations were conducted through a variety of mechanisms such as the participation of tributary rulers in state ceremonies, the acceptance of the insignia to rule from the monarch and the periodic payment of taxes and tribute. All these methods comprised, collectively, a significant part of Siamese statecraft in the past. The paper will explore the following questions: (i) What was a prathetsarat? (ii) What were its obligations towards its suzerain or overlord? (iii) Likewise, what were the responsibilities of a suzerain ruler to his prathetsarat? These questions will help explain the purpose and effectiveness of the traditional Siamese tributary (state) system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Statecraft, suzerain, tributary, Siamese King, and prathetsarat
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
Depositing User: MS NOR SUZIEYANA ABDUL MAJID
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 03:18
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2013 03:18
URI: http://repository.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1078

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