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Thailand

by David J. Smyth
 
Since c1970, Thailand's position in the world has changed from potential communist 'domino' to one of the world's most dynamic economies. The confrontational politics of the 1970s, with the student-led revolution of 1973 and the bloody right-wing backlash In 1976, were replaced by a new consensus in the following decade, A concerted export drive sparked off a

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Since c1970, Thailand's position in the world has changed from potential communist 'domino' to one of the world's most dynamic economies. The confrontational politics of the 1970s, with the student-led revolution of 1973 and the bloody right-wing backlash In 1976, were replaced by a new consensus in the following decade, A concerted export drive sparked off a tremendous economic boom during the 1980s and early 1990s. Tourism also expanded rapidly, and is now the single largest foreign exchange earner. Economic Success has, however, been at a cost. Each year Bangkok has become more chaotic in the face of increased traffic and an Unprecedented building boom, and nationally there has been a widening gap between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots'. Moreover, Thailand is experiencing a potential AIDS time-bomb and serious environmental degradation. Despite Such pressures, and the sudden economic crisis of mid-1997, Thailand has enjoyed an enviable record of stability in recent years.

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"This bibliography not only serves as an excellent guide to the new student of Thailand but also serves to make us aware of the changing nature of scholarship and publishing in area studies. This work is highly recommended for college and research libraries.' "

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American Reference Books Annual

Booknews
Brings together some 700 annotated entries of mostly English-language sources, reflecting the rapid expansion of English-language works on Thailand by both Western and Thai scholars, particularly in politics, economics, history, sociology, and literature. Includes a chronology and a glossary. For scholars, students, and general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851092543
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/21/1998
Series:
World Bibliographical Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
252

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