Thailand The Bangkok Period, 1767 1932

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Thailand - The Bangkok Period, 1767 1932

The bangkok period, 1767-1932

As they had in the sixteenth century, the Thai made a rapid recovery under a brilliant military leader. Taksin (1767-82) had slipped away from besieged Ayutthaya and, starting with a handful of followers who quickly grew into an army, organized a resistance to the Burmese invaders, driving them out after a long and arduous war. Assuming the royal title, he abandoned the ruined Ayutthaya and founded a new capital farther south in the delta at Thon Buri, a fortress town across the river from modern Bangkok. By 1776 Taksin had reunited the Thai kingdom, which had fragmented into small states after the fall of the old capital, and had annexed Chiang Mai. Taksin, who eventually developed delusions of his own divinity, was deposed and executed by his ministers, invoking the interests of the state. His manifold accomplishments, however, won Taksin a secure place among Thailand's national heroes.

You can read more regarding this subject on the following websites:

History of Thailand, The Bangkok Period, 1767-1932
Thailand - HISTORY -
Thonburi and Bangkok period (1768-1932) - Cha-Am Thailand
Sukhothai and the founding of the Thai nation
Thailand - The Thon Buri and Early Bangkok periods

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