It shows how in thailand today, the military, the monarchy, business and new mass movements are players in a complex conflict over the nature and future of the country's democracy. The authors capture the clashes between various groups in their attempts to take control of the nation-state in the twentieth century.
A History of Thailand #ad - They track thailand's economic changes through an economic boom, globalisation and the evolution of mass society. This edition sheds light on thailand's recent political, covering the coup of 2006, the violent street politics of May 2010, social and economic developments, and the landmark election of 2011 and its aftermath.
SightseeingGrove Press #ad - Lapcharoensap is a commanding, animated tour guide, and a lot more than that—he can write with the bait and the hook of genuine talent . . . Through his vivid assemblage of parents and children, natives and transients, ardent lovers and sworn enemies, Lapcharoensap dares us to look with new eyes at the circumstances that shape our views and the prejudices that form our blind spots.
Gorgeous and lush, anger, painful and candid, Sightseeing is an extraordinary reading experience, hurt, one that powerfully reveals that when it comes to how we respond to pain, and love, no place is too far from home. He has a gift for the detail that catches not only his Thai milieu but teenage life everywhere.
Sightseeing #ad - Darin strauss, the New York Times Book Review. A brilliant collection . . . The national bestseller by the award-winning Thai American author. Written with exceptional acuity, and sophistication, grace, the stories present a nation far removed from its exoticized stereotypes. Set in contemporary thailand, these are generous, and cultural shiftings beneath the glossy surface of a warm, youthful romance, radiant tales of family bonds, generational conflicts, Edenic setting.
In the novella, “cockfighter, ” a young girl witnesses her proud father’s valiant but foolhardy battle against a local delinquent whose family has a vicious stranglehold on the villagers. Brimming with sharp-clawed survival lessons” Los Angeles Times.
Four ReignsSilkworm Books #ad - This is a new version of the original 1981 translation by Tulachandra. About the authorM. R. The story unfolds during the reign of king chulalongkorn king Rama V in the closing years of the 1800s, ending in the mid 1940s with the death of his grandson, King Ananda Mahidol King Rama VIII. Through the lives and relationships of Phloi and her husband and children, we experience modern Thai history in an intimate and personal way, garnering new insights into the sensibilities of an era.
Four reigns was originally written in 1953 as a newspaper serial in the Thai daily, Siam Rath, as were M. R. He was prime minister, outspoken critic, politician, and elder statesman, journalist, a classical dancer, and writer. We follow the characters against the historical backdrops of the 1932 revolution, the growing Japanese presence in Thailand, the new constitutional monarchy, the outbreak of World War II, and the Allied bombing raids on Bangkok.
Four Reigns #ad - Kukrit, the celebrated Thai statesman and aficionado of Thailand's cultural heritage. Kukrit’s other popular novels, including Phai Daeng 1954 Red Bamboo, and Lai Chiwit 1954 Many Lives. He wrote more than twenty books, many of which have become modern classics. Four reigns si phaendin is the longest and best-known novel of M.
Thailand - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & CultureKuperard #ad - Never conquered by foreigners, this proud and ancient land has been shaped by Buddhism, the monarchy, and the military. It examines the impact of religious beliefs and history on their lives, as well as the continuing importance of the monarchy. It is a manufacturing powerhouse, the world's largest rice exporter, and a tourist paradise that welcomes 22 million visitors a year to its beach resorts and its vibrant capital, Bangkok.
Today it is a representative democracy with a populist female prime minister, and is ranked among the tiger economies of Southeast Asia. For many outsiders thailand still conjures up images of the East at its most mysterious and enchanting – a view largely formed by Hollywood films like The King and I.
You may find that thais react to you in surprising and unexpected ways, self-control, coming as they do from a culture based on respect, non-confrontation, status, and harmony. It looks at recent social and political developments, including the current tensions in the south. It conceals a unique system of personal values and attitudes, developed over centuries.
Thailand - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture #ad - Thais put a great deal of effort into social skills in order to maintain social harmony, and one of their most potent weapons is the smile that puts people at ease and helps to defuse a difficult situation. They are also naturally generous and have a great love of fun. Yet despite the veneer of Western modernity, the country and its people remain an enigma for many visitors, smiling and inscrutable.
The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol AdulyadejYale University Press #ad - But, handley portrays an anti-democratic monarch who, has protected a centuries-old, together with allies in big business and the corrupt Thai military, looking beyond the widely accepted image of the king as egalitarian and virtuous, barely modified feudal dynasty. Over the ensuing decades, bhumibol became the paramount political actor in the kingdom, silencing critics while winning the hearts and minds of his people.
The king never smiles, tells the unexpected story of bhumibol's life and sixty-year rule—how a Western-raised boy came to be seen by his people as a living Buddha, the first independent biography of Thailand's monarch, and how a king widely seen as beneficent and apolitical could in fact be so deeply political and autocratic.
Paul handley provides an extensively researched, ascent to the throne, factual account of the king’s youth and personal development, skillful political maneuverings, and attempt to shape Thailand as a Buddhist kingdom. Handley takes full note of bhumibol's achievements in art, in sports and jazz, and he credits the king's lifelong dedication to rural development and the livelihoods of his poorest subjects.
The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej #ad - The book details this process and depicts Thailand’s unique constitutional monarch—his life, his thinking, and his ruling philosophy. When at nineteen bhumibol assumed the throne, the Thai monarchy had been stripped of power and prestige. Thailand’s bhumibol adulyadej, the only king ever born in the United States, in October 2016, came to the throne of his country in 1946 and at the time of his death, was the world’s longest serving monarch.
Thailand's Political History: From the 13th century to recent timesRiver Books #ad - Often at variance with the more dominant interpretations of nationalistic history and with a strong reliance upon primary sources, Barend J. Terwiel’s thailand’s Political History makes a refreshing assessment of past events possible. It discusses the development and evolution of the Siamese state from the early Sukhothai period through the fall of Ayutthaya to the rise of the Chakri dynasty in the late eighteenth century and its consolidation of power in the nineteenth.
While the first edition began with a portrait of late Ayutthayan society, the new edition steps back to the thirteenth century, tackling some of the most topical and pressing historical debates at present. First appearing in 2005 and quickly selling out, this fully revised edition of Thailand’s Political History continues in the same style as the first but with its scope dramatically widened.
Thailand's Political History: From the 13th century to recent times #ad - It traces the emergence of the rival yellow and red shirt protest groups, the takeover of Suvarnabhumi International Airport by the PAD and the occupation of Ratchaprasong intersection by the UDD and their eventual violent dispersal by the Thai military. Moving into the twentieth century it traces the emergence of the Thai nation state, the large-scale investments in modern infrastructure and the concomitant economic expansion that have occurred since the 1950s onwards.
A new final chapter brings the reader up-to-date and addresses Thailand’s current political situation spanning the rise and fall of Thaksin Shinawatra to the divisive and at times violent polarisation of Thai society.
Vietnam: A New HistoryBasic Books #ad - Over the centuries, dynasties, numerous kingdoms, and states have ruled over -- and fought for -- what is now Vietnam. Generations of emperors, rebels, priests, and colonizers left complicated legacies in this remarkable country. Periods of chinese, and japanese rule reshaped and modernized Vietnam, French, but so too did the colonial enterprises of the Vietnamese themselves as they extended their influence southward from the Red River Delta.
The bloody cold war-era conflict between ho chi Minh's communist-backed Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the American-backed Republic of Vietnam was only the most recent instance when war divided and transformed Vietnam. A major achievement, vietnam offers the grand narrative of the country's complex past and the creation of the modern state of Vietnam.
Vietnam: A New History #ad - The definitive history of modern vietnam, lauded as "groundbreaking" guardian and "the best one-volume history of modern Vietnam in English" Wall Street Journal and a finalist for the Cundill History PrizeIn Vietnam, Christopher Goscha tells the full history of Vietnam, from antiquity to the present day.
. It is the definitive single-volume history for anyone seeking to understand Vietnam today.
Read Thai in 10 Days#ad - Read thai in 10 days is a comprehensive Thai learning course including sound files so you learn how to pronounce words correctly from the start. With only a few hours a day for less than 2 weeks, you'll be able to decrypt the mystery of the curious Thai characters and start reading right away guaranteed.
A History of Ayutthaya: Siam in the Early Modern WorldCambridge University Press #ad - This book is essential reading for all those interested in the history of Southeast Asia and the early modern world. Baker and phongpaichit attribute the fall of the city not to internal conflict or dynastic decline but failure to manage the social and political consequences of prosperity. Early european visitors placed Ayutthaya alongside China and India as the great powers of Asia.
This book is the first study of Ayutthaya from its emergence in the thirteenth century until its fall. Yet in 1767 the city was destroyed and its history has been neglected. By drawing on a wide range of sources including chronicles, the book presents early Siam as a 'commercial' society, and language, Chinese, and Japanese, accounts by Europeans, landscape, art, law, Persians, literature, not the peasant society usually assumed.
A History of Ayutthaya: Siam in the Early Modern World #ad - It offers a wide-ranging view of social, political, kingship, Buddhism, and cultural history with focus on commerce, and war.
Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel 1 Sonchai JitpleecheepVintage Crime/Black Lizard #ad - In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.
Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel 1 Sonchai Jitpleecheep #ad - I. Is hell-bent on wreaking revenge. A thriller with attitude to spare, razor-edged, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities. Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz.
On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process.
A Kingdom in Crisis Asian ArgumentsZed Books #ad - Scores have been killed on the streets of Bangkok. Democracy appears increasingly distant. Struggling to emerge from a despotic past, and convulsed by an intractable conflict that will determine its future, Thailand stands at a defining moment in its history. He provides a comprehensive explanation that for the first time makes sense of the crisis, revealing the unacknowledged succession conflict that has become entangled with the struggle for democracy in Thailand.
A Kingdom in Crisis Asian Arguments #ad - And many thais fear that the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej is expected to unleash even greater instability. Yet in spite of the impact of the crisis, and the extraordinary importance of the royal succession, they have never been comprehensively analyzed - until now. Freedom of speech is routinely denied.
Breaking thailand's draconian lèse majesté law, Andrew MacGregor Marshall is one of the only journalists covering contemporary Thailand to tell the whole story.