The Gold and Silver Road of Trade and Friendship: The McLeod and Richardson Diplomatic Missions to Tai States in 1837 by Volker GrabowskyThe Gold and Silver Road of Trade and Friendship: The McLeod and Richardson Diplomatic Missions to Tai States in 1837 by Volker Grabowsky

The Gold and Silver Road of Trade and Friendship: The McLeod and Richardson Diplomatic Missions to…

byVolker Grabowsky, Andrew Turton

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When British diplomats McLeod and Richardson set out on their missions to the Tai states in December 1836, their aim was trade and friendship. Captain William Couperus McLeod and Dr. David Richardson, both of the East India Company Madras Army, traveled from Moulmein on elephants, horses, and in the caravans of traders, to the present-day regions of the Shan States in Burma, northern Thailand, and Sipsong Panna in China. As the first Europeans to officially visit the region, they experienced some extraordinary social and cultural encounters.

McLeod and Richardson had been in action in the first Anglo-Burmese War (1824?6) and had experience of other missions in Burma and Siam. They were fluent in Burmese and had a basic knowledge of Tai. They wrote superbly of their journeys and diplomatic exchanges. Their journals are published here in full, with detailed notes, for the first time.

The richness of their narratives, their records of scientific, social, and cultural detail, their engaging insights, and some prejudices, make this engrossing reading for the enthusiast of travel and adventure literature. More than this, it is an essential new resource for scholars of many kinds?historians, anthropologists, geographers, and botanists, to name a few.

Grabowsky and Turton provide an analytical commentary on the journals, and on the conditions and contexts of their writing and subsequent use. The authors set the information in the journals in the context of indigenous Tai language sources. They also present completely new research on the British settlement in the Tenasserim Provinces of peninsular Burma, along with the biographies of McLeod and Richardson, who appear, for the first time, as three-dimensional individuals.

This volume is a state-of-the-art example of how to make archival material like these journals, which are among the finest of the period, accessible to a broad audience.

Volker Grabowsky is professor of South East Asian history at the WestfUalische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Andrew Turton is reader in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
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Title:The Gold and Silver Road of Trade and Friendship: The McLeod and Richardson Diplomatic Missions to…Format:HardcoverDimensions:652 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.6 inPublished:August 1, 2003Publisher:University of Washington PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of Maps and TablesList of IllustrationsAbbreviationsAuthors

Introduction: The Gold and Silver Road of Trade and Friendship

Part I. The Envoys and the Historical Context of their Missions1. Political and Strategic Contexts2. Dr. David Richardson3. Captain William Couperus McLeod4. Moulmeim and the Tenasserim Provinces

Part II. The Journeys and the Journals5. The Journeys6. The Journals7. Use of the Journals

Part III. The Tai States as Seen in the Journals8. Social and Political Organisation of Tributary Tai States9. 'Siamese Shan'--Lan Na10. 'Burmese Shan'--Shan States11. 'Chinese Shan'--Chiang Rung and Sipsong Panna12. Lawa and Karen

Part IV. The McLeod and Richardson Journals13. Introductory Correspondence14. Captain McLeod's 1837 Journal--Moulmein to Lamphun--Lamphun--Chiang Mai--Chiang Mai to Chiang Tung--Chiang Tung--Chiang Tung to Chiang Rung--Chiang Rung--Chiang Rung to Chiang Tung--Chiang Tung--Chiang Tung to Chiang Mai--Chiang Mai--Chiang Mai to Moulmein15. Dr. Richardson's 1837 Journal--Moulmein to Dwom Tulwee--Dwom Tulwee--Dwom Tulwee to Kundoo--Kundoo--on the Karen--Kundoo to Mok Mai--Mok Mai--Muang Nai--Muang Nai to Yawnghwe--Yawnghwe--Yawnghwe to Ava--Ava

Appendix 1. Maps: Sources and NotesAppendix 2. Illustrations: Sources and NotesAppendix 3. Itineraries of McLeod and RichardsonAppendix 4. Place-Names (Towns and Villages)Appendix 5. Rivers and StreamsAppendix 6. Titles and TermsReferencesIndex