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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."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

Author Biography: David K. Wyatt was John Stambaugh Professor of History at Cornell University until his recent retirement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300084757
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 548,498
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.74 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Editorial Note
1 The Beginnings of Tai History 1
The Tai Village and Muang 6
Nan Zhao 10
Mainland Southeast Asia in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries 13
2 Tai and the Classical Empires 17
Dvaravati 17
Angkor and the Tai 21
The Yonok Country of the Upper Mekong 25
The Tai World in 1200 28
3 A Tai Century, 1219-1350 30
The Kingdom of Lan Na 33
The Siamese, Sukhothai, and the South 39
4 Ayutthaya and Its Neighbors, 1351-1569 50
The Rise of Ayutthaya 52
The Renewal of Lan Na 63
The Rise of Lan Sang-Luang Prabang 72
Universal Monarchs, Universal Warfare 72
5 The Empire of Ayutthaya, 1569-1767 86
Ayutthaya, Burma, and the West 87
Lan Na in a Time of Tumult 104
Ayutthaya - Sources of Strength and Instability 107
Burma and the Tai World 115
6 The Early Bangkok Empire, 1767-1851 122
The Abortive Reconstruction of King Taksin 122
Rama I's New Siam 128
Interlude: Rama II 1809-1824 144
Rama III: Conservative or Reactionary? 149
7 Mongkut and Chulalongkorn, 1851-1910 166
King Mongkut's Cautious Reforms 166
A New King versus the "Ancients" 175
Internal Power and External Challenge 184
From Reforms to Modernization 192
Siam in 1910 197
8 The Rise of Elite Nationalism, 1910-1932 210
King Vajiravudh and the Thai Nation 211
The Last Absolute Monarch 222
9 The Military Ascendant, 1932-1957 232
The Early Constitutional Period 234
Phibun's Nationalism and the War, 1938-1944 241
Between Hot and Cold Wars 250
Phibun's Second Government, 1948-1957 256
10 Development and Revolution, 1957-1982 266
Sarit as Paradox 267
In the Shadow of Vietnam, 1963-1973 276
The Social and Political Costs of Development 281
Revolution and Reaction, 1973-1976 287
11 Fresh Starts, 1976-2002 293
Hesitation and Uncertainty, 1976-1980 293
Stability and Growth in the 1980s 298
The Crisis of 1991-1992 304
More Democratic Regimes 306
App. A Kings of Sukhothai 309
App. B Kings of Lan Na, Chiang Mai, and Nan 310
App. C Kings of Ayutthaya, Thonburi, and Bangkok 312
App. D Prime Ministers of Thailand, 1932-2002 314
Notes 317
Suggestions for Further Reading 323
Index 335
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