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The Grand Tour That Saved a Nation: King Chulalongkorn’s European Sojourn as a Lesson in Soft Power

... aristocracy. European newspapers and magazines followed his movements closely and reported on his every engagement at both official and social events. The King was not an inexperienced traveller. In his youth, he first travelled abroad at the age of 18 to Singapore and Java in 1871. He later visited India in 1872, where he was given the highest honour and was invited to observe a large-scale military exercise outside of Delhi. His itinerary was closely chronicled in the press of the time. Newspapers even ...
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