State numeracy : a history of the recording of information in Siam 1890-1925
From the last decade of the nineteenth century, the Siamese government developed many kinds of systems for recording empirical information in order to support the modern state administration. During the 1890s, the government began to register households in order to count the number of people in each locality. With such information, the government could collect taxes directly from the people, maintain law and order within the country and take care of the people's life more closely. After the...[Show more]
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