History of Thailand

ISBN-10: 0521016479
ISBN-13: 9780521016476
Edition: 2005
List price: $51.00
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Description: This lively, accessible book is the first new history of Thailand in English for two decades. Drawing on new Thai-language research, it ranges widely over political, economic, social, and cultural themes. Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit reveal  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

This lively, accessible book is the first new history of Thailand in English for two decades. Drawing on new Thai-language research, it ranges widely over political, economic, social, and cultural themes. Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit reveal how a world of mandarin nobles and unfree labour evolved into a rural society of smallholder peasants and an urban society populated mainly by migrants from Southern China. They trace how a Buddhist cosmography adapted to new ideas of time and space, and a traditional polity was transformed into a new nation-state under a strengthened monarchy. The authors cover the contests between urban nationalists, ambitious generals, communist rebels, business politicians, and social movements to control the nation-state and redefine its purpose. They describe the dramatic changes wrought by a booming economy, globalization, and the evolution of mass society.

List of illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
Glossary
Chronology
Before Bangkok
The old order in transition, 1760s to 1860s
Reforms, 1850s to 1910s
Peasants, merchants, and officials, 1870s to 1930s
Nationalisms, 1910s to 1940s
The American era and development, 1940s to 1960s
Ideologies, 1940s to 1970s
Globalization and mass society, 1970s onwards
Politics, 1970s onwards
Postscript: the strong state and the well-being of the people
Notes
Reigns and prime ministers
Glossary of names
Readings
Index

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