A History of Thailand / Edition 2

A History of Thailand / Edition 2

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by Chris Baker, Pasuk Phongpaichit
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521759153

ISBN-13: 9780521759151

Pub. Date: 05/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In A History of Thailand, 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

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In A History of Thailand, 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. Finally, the show how Thailand's path is still being contested by those who believe in change from above and those who fight for democracy and liberal values.

Drawing on new Thai-language research, this second edition brings the Thai story up to date and includes a new section on the 2006 coup and the restoration of an elected government in 2008.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521759151
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

1Before Bangkok1
2The old order in transition, 1760s to 1860s26
3Reforms, 1850s to 1910s47
4Peasants, merchants, and officials, 1870s to 1930s81
5Nationalisms, 1910s to 1940s105
6The American era and development, 1940s to 1960s140
7Ideologies, 1940s to 1970s168
8Globalization and mass society, 1970s onwards199
9Politics, 1970s onwards230
Postscript: the strong state and the well-being of the people263

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