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03/03/2003
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Laying the Tracks

The Thai Economy and its Railways 1885-1935
by KAKIZAKI Ichiro
Kyoto Area Studies on Asia
A joint publication of Trans Pacific Press and Kyoto University Press, this economic history of the early development of Thailand's railways details the rail policies of the royal government, from the end of 19th century to 1932, when the Constitutional Revolution overthrew it. It also assesses the role and impact...

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A joint publication of Trans Pacific Press and Kyoto University Press, this economic history of the early development of Thailand's railways details the rail policies of the royal government, from the end of 19th century to 1932, when the Constitutional Revolution overthrew it. It also assesses the role and impact of the railways on Thailand's economy in terms of the degree to which they reduced transport time and cost, as well as the extent to which they altered the flow of commodities and the transportation of passengers across the country.

About Authors

KAKIZAKI Ichiro is a Japanese scholar and Professor at Yokohama City University whose research focuses on railways in Southeast Asia. In 1999, he was awarded a PhD by the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies for his thesis “Railways in Thailand and the Formation of the Central Economic Zone of Bangkok 1897–1941”. His primary field of interest is transportation in Southeast Asia, mainly in Thailand.

Table of contents


List of Figures
List of Pictures
List of Tables
Preface
Abbreviations

1 Introduction - Trends in the Debate about Railways
Introduction
Trends in the Debate about Railways
Thai Studies and Railways
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List of Figures
List of Pictures
List of Tables
Preface
Abbreviations

1 Introduction - Trends in the Debate about Railways
Introduction
Trends in the Debate about Railways
Thai Studies and Railways
Objectives and Scope
The Sources
Components of the Study

2 Conditions of Transport prior to Railway Construction
Coastal Shipping
Inland Shipping
Land Transport
Time-distance Map before Railways Construction

3 Commodity Flows prior to Railway Construction
The Upper Chaophraya Basin
The Mekong Basin
The Malay Peninsula
Bangkok asa an Entrepo^t and Its Hinterlands

4 The Introduction of Railways and the Establishment of Railway Policy
Moving towards Railways Construction
Construction of the First State Railway
Response to Private Railways
Expansion of State Railways
Establishing a Policy of Railway Expansion

5 The Age of Railway Development- Transitions in Railway Policy
Prince Kamphaengphetユs Organizational Reforms
Expansion and Unification of Railway Netwarks
Developments of Railway Transport
The Changing Roles of Railways

6 Direct and Indirect Effects of Railways
Railways and Their Direct Effects
Railways and Rice Transport - An Example of Price
Standardization
Railways and Pig Transport - Creating a New Commodity Flow
Railways and Wood Transport
Direct Effects of Railways and Changes to Commodity Flow

7 Railways and the Economic Integration of Thailand
Expansion of Bangkokユs Hinterland - The North
Maintenance of Bagkokユs Hinterland - The Northeast
Strengthening Relations with Bangkok - The South
Economic Roles of Railways

8 Conclusion - Railway Construction and Commodity Flow

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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