A Special Relationship: The United States and Military Government in Thailand, 1947-1958

A Special Relationship: The United States and Military Government in Thailand, 1947-1958

by Daniel Mark Fineman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0824818180

ISBN-13: 9780824818180

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The

The development of the Thai-American alliance from 1947 to 1958 dramatically transformed both countries' involvement in Southeast Asia. Bounded by two important political events in Thailand, an army coup in 1947 and the military's assumption of complete control of government in 1958, the period witnessed both the entrenchment of authoritarian military government in…  See more details below

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The development of the Thai-American alliance from 1947 to 1958 dramatically transformed both countries' involvement in Southeast Asia. Bounded by two important political events in Thailand, an army coup in 1947 and the military's assumption of complete control of government in 1958, the period witnessed both the entrenchment of authoritarian military government in Thailand and a revolution in U.S.-Thai relations. A Special Relationship provides the most comprehensive analysis of this critical founding period of the Thai-American alliance. It reveals surprising new information on joint covert operations in Indochina, American support for suppression of government opponents, and CIA involvement in Thai domestic politics. Daniel Fineman's examination of newly released Thai and American official documents and his interviews with former intelligence officers, generals, diplomats, and politicians from Thailand and the United States bring to life the people and events that led America to its tragic entanglement in Southeast Asia and contributed to Thailand's descent into harsh military rule. A Special Relationship will be of intense interest to students and scholars of modern Southeast Asian history and American diplomacy. Nonspecialists will find it an absorbing look at a formative period in American diplomatic history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824818180
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.23(d)
Lexile:
1650L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration and Thai Names
Abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. 1Learning to Live with Phibun, 1947-194811
Ch. 1Prelude to the Coup, January 1947-November 194715
Ch. 2Khuang and the Coup, November 1947-April 194837
Ch. 3Phibun's Return, April-June 194854
Pt. 2U.S. Military Aid and the Transformation of Thai Foreign Policy, 1948-195065
Ch. 4Making the Case for Military Aid, April 1948-June 194969
Ch. 5U.S. Military Aid and Thailand's Commitment to the West, June 1949-December 195089
Pt. 3Forming the Alliance, 1950-1954127
Ch. 6The Establishment of an American Military Presence, June 1950-December 1951131
Ch. 7The United States and the Military's Consolidation of Power, June 1951-December 1952147
Ch. 8Building the Bastion, January 1953-September 1954169
Pt. 4Democracy, Dictatorship, and the New Alliance, 1955-1958201
Ch. 9Democratization and Deterioration, January 1955-September 1957205
Ch. 10Dictatorship and Restoration, September 1957-December 1958243
Conclusion259
Notes265
Selected Bibliography327
Index341

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