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A History of Thailand

By Chris Baker

Cambridge University Press
Paperback (344 pages)

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A History of Thailand offers a lively and accessible account of Thailand's political, economic, social and cultural history. This book explores how a world of mandarin nobles and unfree peasants was transformed and examines how the monarchy managed the foundation of a new nation-state at the turn of the twentieth century. The authors capture the clashes between various groups in their attempts to take control of the nation-state in the twentieth century. They track Thailand's economic changes through an economic boom, globalisation and the evolution of mass society. This edition sheds light on Thailand's recent political, social and economic developments, covering the coup of 2006, the violent street politics of May 2010, and the landmark election of 2011 and its aftermath. It shows how in Thailand today, the monarchy, the military, business and new mass movements are players in a complex conflict over the nature and future of the country's democracy.

Thailand: Shifting Ground between the US and a Rising China (Asian Arguments)

By Benjamin Zawacki

Zed Books
Paperback (448 pages)

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Thailand History: Early History, The Tai People Origins and Migrations, Economic Development, Beginning of the Constitutional Era, The Society, The Economy, Government

By Henry Albinson

Released: 2016-03-07
Kindle Edition (215 pages)

Thailand History: Early History, The Tai People Origins and Migrations, Economic Development, Beginning of the Constitutional Era, The Society, The Economy, Government
 
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Little is known of the earliest inhabitants of what is now Thailand, but 5,000-year-old archaeological sites in the northeastern part of the country are believed to contain the oldest evidence of rice cultivation and bronze casting in Asia and perhaps in the world. In early historical times, a succession of tribal groups controlled what is now Thailand. The Mon and Khmer peoples established powerful kingdoms that included large areas of the country. They absorbed from contact with South Asian peoples religious, social, political, and cultural ideas and institutions that later influenced the development of Thailand's culture and national identity.
The Tai, a people who originally lived in southwestern China, migrated into mainland Southeast Asia over a period of many centuries. The first mention of their existence in the region is a twelfth-century A.D. inscription at the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which refers to syam, or "dark brown" people (the origin of the term Siam) as vassals of the Khmer monarch. In 1238 a Tai chieftain declared his independence from the Khmer and established a kingdom at Sukhothai in the broad valley of the Mae Nam (river) Chao Phraya, at the center of modern Thailand. Sukhothai was succeeded in the fourteenth century by the kingdom of Ayutthaya. The Burmese invaded Ayutthaya and in 1767 destroyed the capital, but two national heroes, Taksin and Chakkri, soon expelled the invaders and reunified the country under the Chakkri Dynasty.
Do you want to learn more about Thailand and its environment? Thailand culture and art, Thailand government, Thailand tourism, Thailand business investment opportunities, the history book on Thailand gives you the guide

A History of Thailand

By Chris Baker

Cambridge University Press
Paperback (320 pages)

A History of Thailand
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Covering the past three centuries of Thai history, this book reveals how a landscape of sparsely populated forest and jungle was transformed into villages and paddy fields, with a rural society of smallholder peasants and an urban society populated mainly by migrants from southern China. It demonstrates how throughout the twentieth century, Thailand has been drawn into the international system, the American camp in the Cold War, the economic gambit of rising Japan, and more recently, the forces of globalization. The authors also survey the country's transformation accompanying massive social evolution over recent decades. (Control of the nation state is still contested between forces with a patriarchal belief in change from above, and advocates of democracy and liberal values.)

Thailand History: Early History, The Tai People Origins and Migrations, Economic Development, Beginning of the Constitutional Era, The Society, The Economy, Government

By Uzo Marvin

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (248 pages)

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Little is known of the earliest inhabitants of what is now Thailand, but 5,000-year-old archaeological sites in the northeastern part of the country are believed to contain the oldest evidence of rice cultivation and bronze casting in Asia and perhaps in the world. In early historical times, a succession of tribal groups controlled what is now Thailand. The Mon and Khmer peoples established powerful kingdoms that included large areas of the country. They absorbed from contact with South Asian peoples religious, social, political, and cultural ideas and institutions that later influenced the development of Thailand's culture and national identity. The Tai, a people who originally lived in southwestern China, migrated into mainland Southeast Asia over a period of many centuries. The first mention of their existence in the region is a twelfth-century A.D. inscription at the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which refers to syam, or "dark brown" people (the origin of the term Siam) as vassals of the Khmer monarch. In 1238 a Tai chieftain declared his independence from the Khmer and established a kingdom at Sukhothai in the broad valley of the Mae Nam (river) Chao Phraya, at the center of modern Thailand. Sukhothai was succeeded in the fourteenth century by the kingdom of Ayutthaya. The Burmese invaded Ayutthaya and in 1767 destroyed the capital, but two national heroes, Taksin and Chakkri, soon expelled the invaders and reunified the country under the Chakkri Dynasty. Do you want to learn more about Thailand and its environment? Thailand culture and art, Thailand government, Thailand tourism, Thailand business investment opportunities, the history book on Thailand gives you the guide.

Thailand: The Golden Kingdom

By William Warren

Brand: Periplus Editions (HK) ltd.
Released: 1999-09-15
Hardcover (96 pages)

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With colorful, vivid photography and insightful commentary, this pictorial and Thailand travel guide offers readers a glimpse at a dynamic country and its people.

Thailand has many claims on the title "Golden Kingdom." It is a country of shimmering wats, its monarchy is still deeply revered, and it exerts a magic all of its own. This travel book captures that magic with stunning photographs of all aspects of Thai life and makes an ideal souvenir for any visitor to the country.

Included are sections on history and geography, as well as the cultural and religious heritage that is unique to Thailand. Sections on festivals and collectibles, and a portrayal of Thai–style art and architecture are full of detail. Thailand: The Golden Kingdom portrays both the Thai people and their beautiful home in a cornucopia of color and design.

This volume is a stunning visual representation of all aspects of the Thai culture and life. Author and long-term resident William Warren, provides an insightful overview of the history and geography of the kingdom, as well as a detailed exploration of the rich tradition of Thai arts and crafts, religion and cultural events. Soaking up the sun on a beach, visiting a wat, partaking in one of the numerous festivals or browsing in the art and antique shops are all part of the essentially "Thai Experience" shared here.

An Illustrated History of Thailand

By John Hoskin

John Beaufoy Publishing
Paperback (240 pages)

An Illustrated History of Thailand
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This fully illustrated history is divided geographically according to the sequence of succeeding Thai kingdoms. Each section follows a historical chronology, covering accounts of major events during each reign, with an assessment of the character of individual kings and their particular achievements, together with those of other major players. This record of events is blended with descriptive passages about monuments surviving today that are relevant to and help illuminate the history. Political development is thus paralleled by Thailand’s cultural development, especially in relation to the religious and royal architecture.

Thailand’s historical progression has been complex, and although the foundations of national identity – religion and monarchy in particular – were established in the earliest days of statehood dating back to the 13th century, it is only in comparatively recent times that all elements – social, political, cultural and linguistic –have cohered into what is recognizable today as Thai and Thailand. By linking the text to existing landmarks the history provides both an enjoyable read in its own right and a fascinating guide to the monuments and buildings that visitors can see on their travels around the country.

Thailand: A Short History

By David K. Wyatt

Yale University Press
Paperback (384 pages)

Thailand: A Short History
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This highly acclaimed book, the standard history of Thailand for almost twenty years, has now been completely revised by the author. David K. Wyatt has also added new sections examining the social and economic changes that have transformed the country in the past two decades.

Praise for the previous edition:

“Wyatt knows his subject well enough and has enough enthusiasm for it to make his book . . . entertaining as well as eminently educational.”―David McElveen, Asiaweek

“A very readable account. . . .We come away from reading it with a clearer understanding of where Thailand stands in relation to its neighbors, who the Thai people are, how the Thai government evolved into its present form.”―James Stent, Asian Wall Street Journal

“Concise, thorough, and readable.”―John Gabree, New York Newsday

Thailand's Political History: From the 13th Century to Recent Times

By B. J. Terwiel

Brand: River Books Press Dist A C
Paperback (328 pages)

Thailand s Political History: From the 13th Century to Recent Times
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A full history of Thai politics from the 13th century to the present day.

Thailand: A Short History

By Mr. David K. Wyatt

Yale University Press
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This highly acclaimed book, the standard history of Thailand for almost twenty years, has now been completely revised by the author. David K. Wyatt has also added new sections examining the social and economic changes that have transformed the country in the past two decades.


 
 
 

 
 
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