In 1996, seventeen exquisite hand-drawn and hand-coloured cotton maps were discovered in the Grand Palace, Bangkok.
These long-lost treasures record cartographically Siamese warfare and trade during the first three reigns of the Bangkok Period (1782-1851). Large in size, and works of art in themselves, these maps overturn the conventional view of indigenous map-making in Southeast Asia.
Focusing on Siam and on her immediate neighbours, the collection also includes a remarkable four-metre coastal map extending from peninsular Malaysia through China to Korea.
About the Author
Dr. Santanee Phasuk is a senior teacher at Chitrlada School and gained her doctorate in cartography from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London. She is married with two sons.
Philip Stott is Professor Emeritus in the University of London, where he taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He was Head of Department of Geography for some seven years and Dean of Student Admissions. Professor Stott has a special interest in the developing world and, more especially, in Southeast Asia, and he is currently Chair of The Anglo-Thai Society, UK. Professor Stott has researched on the construction of 'environmental knowledge' in Southeast Asia for over twenty-five years. He is Editor-in-Chief of the internationally-important Journal of Biography, and his latest books are Global Environmental Change, with Dr. Peter Moore and Professor Bill Chaloner, and Political Ecology: Science, Myth and Power (edited with Dr. Sian Sullivan).
Professor Stott broadcasts regularly, being a panellist on BBC Radio 4's interactive environmental programme, 'Home Planet'; he also writes widely for the press, such as The Times of London. He is married with two children, and he has a passionate interest in early music and master works on paper.
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 20th May 2004
Publisher: River Books
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 24.5 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 1.71