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The Impact of Colonialism and Nationalism in the Archaeology of Thailand

Rasmi Shoocongdej

in Selective Remembrances

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226450582
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226450643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.003.0014
The Impact of Colonialism and Nationalism in the Archaeology of Thailand

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This chapter examines how the dynamics of nationalism affect the nature of archaeological research in Southeast Asia, focusing on Thailand. It argues that the Thai state was caught between expanding French and English empires and maintained its independence through the careful nurturing of national unity. This chapter also argues that the concerted effort to present a strong and fluid Thai identity in the face of Western imperial power came at the expense of denying Thailand's diverse ethnic and cultural pasts.

Keywords: nationalism; archaeological research; Thailand; Southeast Asia; French Empire; English Empire; national unity; Thai identity; Western imperial power

Chapter.  6731 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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