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This paper examines the roles played by employees of the Dutch United East India Company (VOC) in late seventeenth and in eighteenth century Ayutthaya Society. The Dutch were in Siam primarily to trade, but they were also given formal standing in court society by the Siamese. The head of the Dutch community in Ayutthaya, a European merchant with Siamese rank and title, therefore had social functions to attend within the pluralistic society of the Siamese capital, both at court and outside the court. The paper analyses the different ways in which the Dutch interacted with Siamese society during the Late Ayutthaya Period, and attempts to sum up how each side (the Dutch and the Siamese) perceived the role of the VOC in Siamese society.



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