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Selective RemembrancesArchaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts$
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Philip L. Kohl, Mara Kozelsky, and Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226450582

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.001.0001

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The Impact of Colonialism and Nationalism in the Archaeology of Thailand

The Impact of Colonialism and Nationalism in the Archaeology of Thailand

(p.379) Thirteen The Impact of Colonialism and Nationalism in the Archaeology of Thailand
Selective Remembrances

Rasmi Shoocongdej

University of Chicago Press

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

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