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Richard Cavendish explains how the proposal to change the name of Siam to Thailand was eventually accepted on May 11th, 1949.

“Whoever is Lord in Malacca, has his hand on the throat of Venice,” wrote a European traveller during the period of the city's greatest glory. G.P. Dartford brings us back to a time when Malacca dominated the trade routes of the East.

Volume: 10 Issue: 12 1960

From 1565 until the year of Waterloo, great Spanish galleons continued to cross the Pacific, bearing cargoes of American silver. Once they had reached Manila, writes C.R. Boxer, they exchanged for Chinese silk. “This prodigious voyage” took a heavy toll of life. Yet still (wrote a Chronicler) “the desire of gain prevails...”

Volume: 8 Issue: 8 1958

K.G. Tregonning traces the path of Mongol conquest to a lesser studied destination - the ancient kingdoms of the Indo-Chinese and Malayan peninsulas.

Volume: 7 Issue: 3 1957

During the Seven Years' War with France and Spain, writes A.P. Thornton, a British expedition from India captured and held the Philippine capital.

Volume: 7 Issue: 1 1957

British Malaya since 1786 has become the home of many different races, whose harmonious union, writes C. Northcote Parkinson, would offer an example from which the rest of the world might profit.

Volume: 6 Issue: 6 1956

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