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History Unwritten

Sep 24, 2021

Southeast Asia in the 16th century was a playground for ambitious kings hoping to build their empires. The kings of Ayutthaya, Burma, Lan Xang and Cambodia vied for dominance - to become a Chakkavatti - a "Wheel Turning King" from Buddhist philosophy.

From the many, only one would stand victorious. The question is: Who...

Sep 10, 2021

A brief lull in the fighting presents an opportunity to discuss the Ayutthayan military in the so-called Age of Warfare.

The reforms of Trailokanat and his successors enabled the kingdom to muster larger armies than ever before. The result was greater bloodshed, longer wars and widespread suffering. Little more than a...