King Mongkut and the British by M.L. Manich Jumsai
The Thai-British Relationship
From the preface:
King Mongkut opened his country to the West and gave up his royal monopoly of trade in exchange for their friendship. During his monkhood, he had a strange idea of learning English when nobody else in the country had ever thought of a language of other people living so far away. This enabled him, for the first time, to get into direct contact with the Europeans and he liked to write letters in English to his European friends.
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