The Chronicle of Our Wars with the Burmese, Hostilities between Siamese and Burmese when Ayutthaya was the Capital of Siam, Thai-Burmese Conflict 1539-1767

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Our Wars with the Burmese may be Thailand’s most famous history book. Known familiarly as Thai Rop Phama, it was first published in 1917 and quickly became very popular. The author, Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, had just retired from a career building the institutions of the new Siamese nation-state. Here he gave that state a new national history by recounting 24 wars between Siam and Burma from 1539 to 1767. The book was later translated into English by a Burmese who had worked for Siam’s forestry department, and who had helped Prince Damrong with Burmese source materials. The tales which Prince Damrong picked from the chronicles have since entered school textbooks and popular culture. It was this book which first made famous the heroism of Queen Suriyothai, the elephant duel at Nong Sarai, King Naresuan’s “declaration of independence,” the guerrilla resistance of Bang Rachan, and the drama of Ayutthaya’s fall.

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