Thailand: The Politics of Despotic Paternalism

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SEAP Publications, 2007 - History - 284 pages
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In 1958, Marshal Sarit Thanarat became prime minister of Thailand following a bloodless coup. This book offers a comprehensive study of Sarit's paternalistic, militaristic regime, which laid the foundations for Thailand's support of the US military campaign in Southeast Asia. The analysis documents the ways in which Sarit shaped modern Thai politics, in part by rationalizing a symbiotic relationship between his own office and the Thai monarchy.

 

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Contents

The Return of the Military to Leadership after World War II
13
The Triumvirate 19481957
43
The Search for Political Legitimacy
81
Implementation of the Sarit System Personal Leadership
111
Implementation of the Sarit System Modernization and the
147
The Roles of the Bureaucracy and Monarchy in the Sarit System
181
Conclusion
223
Appendix I
239
Index
273
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Thak Chaloemtiarana is retired from the Department of Asian Studies, and as Director of the Southeast Asia Program in 2010. He retains appointments in the Graduate School in the fields of Asian literature, religion and culture, and Asian Studies. He continues to serve on graduate student committees and teaches the Thailand country seminar with Professor Tamara Loos.

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