The form of government of Siam is feudal in character, and similar to that of Japan. The essence of political power rests with a number of hereditary chieftains, owners of the land, while the general legislative and executive authority is vested in two kings, the first of whom is the real occupant of the throne. In recent times, the two dignities have been frequently filled by father and son.
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Statistical and other Books of Reference concerning Siam
1. Official Publications
- Reports of Mr. Thos. Geo. Knox, Consul at Bangkok, on the Trade of Siam, dated March 31, 1865; in ‘Commercial Reports from H. M.’s Consuls in China and Siam.’ 8. London, 1865.Google Scholar
- Report by Mr. Consul Shomburgh on the Trade of Bangkok; in ‘Commercial Reports received at the Foreign Office.’ London, 1864.Google Scholar
- Report by Mr. J. M. Hood, U.S. Consul at Bangkok, dated January, 1868, on the Trade and Social Condition of Siam, and the capital of Bangkok; in, ‘Commercial Relations of the United States with Foreign Kations.’ 8. Washington, 1868.Google Scholar
- Annual Statement of the Trade and Navigation of the United Kingdom. 4. London, 1869.Google Scholar
2. Non-Official Publications
- Bastian (Adolf), Die Völker des östlichen Asiens. 3 vols. 8. Leipzig and Jena, 1866–67.Google Scholar
- Bowring (John), The Kingdom and People of Siam. 2 vols. 8. London, 1857.Google Scholar
- Gréhan (A.) Le royaume do Siam. 8. Paris, 1868.Google Scholar
- Mouhot (Henry), Travels in the Central Parts of Indo-China (Siam), Cambodia and Laos, during the years 1858–1860. 2 vols. 8. London, 1864.Google Scholar
- Paltegoix (D. J.), Description du Royaume Thai ou Siam. 2 vols. 8. Paris, 1854.Google Scholar
- Spiess (Gust.), Die Preussische Expedition -nach Ostasien während der Jahre 1860–1862. Reise-Skizzen aus Japan, China, Siam und der Indischen Inselwelt. 8. Berlin, 1865.Google Scholar