Thailand: A Short History / Edition 2

Thailand: A Short History / Edition 2

by David K. Wyatt
     
 

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 . . . … See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300084757
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/10/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,381,892
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.74(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Editorial Note
1The Beginnings of Tai History1
The Tai Village and Muang6
Nan Zhao10
Mainland Southeast Asia in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries13
2Tai and the Classical Empires17
Dvaravati17
Angkor and the Tai21
The Yonok Country of the Upper Mekong25
The Tai World in 120028
3A Tai Century, 1219-135030
The Kingdom of Lan Na33
The Siamese, Sukhothai, and the South39
4Ayutthaya and Its Neighbors, 1351-156950
The Rise of Ayutthaya52
The Renewal of Lan Na63
The Rise of Lan Sang-Luang Prabang72
Universal Monarchs, Universal Warfare72
5The Empire of Ayutthaya, 1569-176786
Ayutthaya, Burma, and the West87
Lan Na in a Time of Tumult104
Ayutthaya - Sources of Strength and Instability107
Burma and the Tai World115
6The Early Bangkok Empire, 1767-1851122
The Abortive Reconstruction of King Taksin122
Rama I's New Siam128
Interlude: Rama II 1809-1824144
Rama III: Conservative or Reactionary?149
7Mongkut and Chulalongkorn, 1851-1910166
King Mongkut's Cautious Reforms166
A New King versus the "Ancients"175
Internal Power and External Challenge184
From Reforms to Modernization192
Siam in 1910197
8The Rise of Elite Nationalism, 1910-1932210
King Vajiravudh and the Thai Nation211
The Last Absolute Monarch222
9The Military Ascendant, 1932-1957232
The Early Constitutional Period234
Phibun's Nationalism and the War, 1938-1944241
Between Hot and Cold Wars250
Phibun's Second Government, 1948-1957256
10Development and Revolution, 1957-1982266
Sarit as Paradox267
In the Shadow of Vietnam, 1963-1973276
The Social and Political Costs of Development281
Revolution and Reaction, 1973-1976287
11Fresh Starts, 1976-2002293
Hesitation and Uncertainty, 1976-1980293
Stability and Growth in the 1980s298
The Crisis of 1991-1992304
More Democratic Regimes306
App. AKings of Sukhothai309
App. BKings of Lan Na, Chiang Mai, and Nan310
App. CKings of Ayutthaya, Thonburi, and Bangkok312
App. DPrime Ministers of Thailand, 1932-2002314
Notes317
Suggestions for Further Reading323
Index335

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