This chronological history of Thailand covers everything from the monarchy, religion, politics and both internal and external conflict to sport, cinema, architecture and the arts, and almost everything in-between.
It is one of the first major works of Thailand's history to cover the all-important decade since the 2006 coup and its aftermath, detailing the important events which have shaped the nation in all facets of daily life in a simple and easy-to-read, factual format.
While many facts and figures run to just one or two lines, other events are covered in greater detail to give the reader a better sense and understanding of the event or incident in question.
The Timeline is to be read as much for pleasure as it is for knowledge and information. It records the dates when people of world-renowned stature made either brief stopovers or regular visits to Thailand. These include the likes of Bob Hope, Cindy Crawford, John Steinbeck, Rocky Marciano, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Marlon Brando, Joseph Conrad, Joan Baez, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Jackie Chan, Roger Moore, Britt Ekland, Michael Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Pope John Paul II, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
For readers who have lived in Thailand for any length of time, or those who have followed events in the country for some years, there is likely to be many moments when a memory will be jogged and you'll find yourself thinking "I didn't think that took place so long ago." Hopefully, the chronological sequence will help to put many key and just as many minor events in Thailand's rich history into perspective.