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A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century (Asian Arguments New Edition)

A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century (Asian Arguments New Edition)

By: Andrew MacGregor Marshall (author)Paperback

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'Perhaps the best introduction yet to the roots of Thailand's present political impasse. A brilliant book.' Simon Long, The Economist 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. Scores have been killed on the streets of Bangkok. Freedom of speech is routinely denied. Democracy appears increasingly distant. 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 analysed - until now. Breaking Thailand's draconian lese majeste law, Andrew MacGregor Marshall is one of the only journalists covering contemporary Thailand to tell the whole story. Marshall 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.

About Author

Andrew MacGregor Marshall is a journalist, political risk consultant and corporate investigator, focusing mainly on Southeast Asia. He spent seventeen years as a correspondent for Reuters, covering conflicts in, among others, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and political upheaval in Thailand. Marshall resigned from Reuters 2011 after the news agency refused to publish his analysis of leaked US cables illuminating the role played by Thailand's monarchy in the political conflict that has engulfed the kingdom. A fugitive from Thai law as a result of his journalism about the royal family, he now lives in Sydney and works as head of news for Greenpeace Australia.


Introduction: Telling the Truth About ThailandPart I: Royalty Versus Reality1. 'When the Legends Die, All Collapses' - Thailand's political awakening2. 'In a Never-Never Land, Never Mind' - Welcome to the Land of Smiles3. 'Cosmological Bluster' - The Dramatics of DespotismPart II: Thai-Style Democracy and its Discontents4. 'Our Country Belongs to the People - Not to the King': Thailand's Unfinished Revolution5. 'I Really am an Elected King' - The Royalist Revival6. 'There is Magic, Goodness and Power in His Heart' - The Deification of Rama IXPart III: The Secrets of Succession7. 'Endless Struggles for the Throne' - The Causes of Chronic Palace Conflict8. 'One Neither Walks, Speaks, Drinks, Eats, Nor Cooks Without Some Kind of Ceremony' - The Pleasures and Privations of Being King9. 'I Cannot Afford to Die' - The Tragedy of King BhumibolPart IV: Crisis and Confrontation10. 'Living in Horrifying Times' - Twilight of the Oligarchy11. 'Coupmakers' Haunted Dreams' - Escalation and Enlightenment12. 'Returning Happiness to the People' - Denying Democracy, Sabotaging SuccessionEpilogue: 'Flip on the Lights and Flush out the Ghosts' - What the Future Holds

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781783606023
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781783606023
  • ISBN10: 1783606029
  • edition: New Edition

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