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The truth about Ayutthaya

New volume highlights the economic aspect of the ancient capital

PAST SPLENDOUR: Wat Chai Wattanaram was built by King Prasat Thong. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

Most people think of the Ayutthaya period in terms of its cultural heritage, but Warangkana Nibhatsukit's latest book highlights the economic aspect of the ancient capital.

"People tend to overlook the significance of economic activities during the Ayutthaya period which also contributed to a multicultural environment and social mobility," said Warangkana, dean of the faculty of arts at Silpakorn University.

Debuting at the National Book Fair earlier this month, her latest book, the title of which translates as Ayutthaya History: Questions and Answers, showed that during the Ayutthaya era (1351-1767) commercial wealth contributed to the emergence of proto-entrepreneurial groups such as traders, resident foreigners and mestizos.

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