News from the 1890s

2Bangkok readers will enjoy Steve Van Beek’s new book News from the 90s. It is a collection of Thai newspaper articles from The Bangkok Times from 1890-1899.

From the book jacket: “Of the many items comprising Bangkok Then and Now, the news stories from the “Bangkok Times” newspaper have proven to be the most popular. Here, we’ve gleaned the best stories from the 1890-1899 editions.
They reveal Siam’s dramatic transformation from a quiet backwater into a player on the world stage. Led by King Chulalongkorn, Thailand’s far-reaching reforms widened streets, tore down ancient walls, introduced rudimentary sanitation, and provided the city with fresh water. It lit the city with electric lamps and built Asia’s first electrified tram. Tall buildings sprang up along the waterways and silver rails began snaking into the provinces, stitching together a nation. In short, the capital shucked off an antique past as it prepared to enter the 20th century.”

Available at Asia Books.

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2 Responses to News from the 1890s

  1. Anonymous says:

    Have seen this copy at Asia Book – going to purchase soon

  2. Anonymous says:

    Now, I have purchased this book – quite a good source of information about yesteryear Thailand during 1890’s indeed – and some Thai version of the news from Bangkok Times has been published in Siam Sanuk Khao which referred to the humorous editorial comments on the news from Bangkok Times and other sources in Thai published in 1988.

    However, I would like to see another book like this one during the early 1900’s (1900 – 1909 – and some reference to 1910) since this decade should also being under serious consideration – when railway has reached Khorat, Paed Riw, Phetburi and Uttaradit via Phitsanuloke and Paknampho – and the plan for the construction for the Bangkok Railway terminus at Hua Lamphong just began to take shape by moving railway factory to Makkasan (Opened in June 1910) – not to mention about the red line tram networks [Siamese Trramways Co Ltd.] of Prince Narathip to compete with the yellow line tram networks (Bangkholem line and Samsen line) of Siam Electricity Co. Ltd which eventually taking over the red line tramways in 1908.

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