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

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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: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Lexile: 1650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration and Thai Names
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Learning to Live with Phibun, 1947-1948 11
Ch. 1 Prelude to the Coup, January 1947-November 1947 15
Ch. 2 Khuang and the Coup, November 1947-April 1948 37
Ch. 3 Phibun's Return, April-June 1948 54
Pt. 2 U.S. Military Aid and the Transformation of Thai Foreign Policy, 1948-1950 65
Ch. 4 Making the Case for Military Aid, April 1948-June 1949 69
Ch. 5 U.S. Military Aid and Thailand's Commitment to the West, June 1949-December 1950 89
Pt. 3 Forming the Alliance, 1950-1954 127
Ch. 6 The Establishment of an American Military Presence, June 1950-December 1951 131
Ch. 7 The United States and the Military's Consolidation of Power, June 1951-December 1952 147
Ch. 8 Building the Bastion, January 1953-September 1954 169
Pt. 4 Democracy, Dictatorship, and the New Alliance, 1955-1958 201
Ch. 9 Democratization and Deterioration, January 1955-September 1957 205
Ch. 10 Dictatorship and Restoration, September 1957-December 1958 243
Conclusion 259
Notes 265
Selected Bibliography 327
Index 341
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    Special Relationship: The United States and Military Government in Thailand

    As a Thai historian, these information have never been shared to the public only until now. I don't know how Fineman going about to see the original documents through his research. As we speak, the Thai government still do not allow her people to see these documents. It is a great surprised to the Thai people to know about what their government did.

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