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New Books on Southeast Asia: Chris Baker on “A History of Thailand” – New Mandala


This 12 months sees the publication of the fourth version of the ebook, A History of Thailand (Cambridge UP, 2022), by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit. Remarkably, the Thai language translation of the ebook, ประวัติศาสตร์ไทยร่วมสมัย, is now in its thirteenth version. This makes A History of Thailand arguably probably the most profitable basic ebook on Thai historical past of the trendy interval for each Thai and worldwide readers. In this considerably revised and up to date version, Baker and Pasuk make sense of Thailand’s tumultuous fashionable politics, and its society and economic system, by inserting it inside a longer-term historic narrative. The theme of the ebook is the formation of the trendy nation-state, and the way totally different social forces have tried to realize affect over it.

Patrick Jory teaches Southeast Asian History within the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry on the University of Queensland. He will be reached at: [email protected]

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