Historical Dictionary of Thailand
Throughout its history, Thailand has shown remarkable resiliency, adaptability, and creativity in responding to serious threats and crises, and this since much earlier times when it was known as Siam. This book, while focusing on the modern period, does reach back to ancient kingdoms but also shows the impressive rise to a modern democracy, although still endowed with a king, and even more impressively, an economic “tiger.” Moreover, it has become a prime tourist destination and is thus known to vast numbers of foreigners as a sort of “instant Asia.”
The Historical Dictionary of Thailand, now in its third edition, covers this amazing story in various ways. First, the chronology traces the most significant events from year to year. The introduction then provides a good overview of the land and people, the history and traditions, and where it now seems to be heading. The dictionary, which by now has hundreds of detailed and cross-referenced entries, looks more closely at important persons, places, institutions and events as well as more generally its politics, economy, society, culture and religion. So this is an excellent reference work not only for scholars but many others who have visited the country and were fascinated by it.
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Thailand is a culturally rich and resplendent country un - colonized by intruders of traditionand they are essentially Buddhists believers .The book by Gerald Fry is very enlightening and gives concise facts about Thai history in a hurry.I was in Bangkok for RI 2012 CONVENTION AND ALSO VISITED Thai rural Resort The Rose Garden Hotel with four cultural shows daily.I enjoyed all of my stay in Thailand and possibly will revisit it -except that its really far from Africa.My fellow Rotarians too loved it immensely.However i found it exciting that Thailand wasn't colonised at all.
My first encounter with Thai history was through UNESCO journals when a Thai MR Thamassat spelling not sure was on the UNESCO BOARD nominees for that year in the 70s and his cv was printed out by UNESCO NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR NIGERIA via FME VI then I was UNESCO CLUB LEADER of the high school where i was a substitute teacher.
I m also impressed by the technological development of Thailand in aviation and the computer hardwares.We though Thailand was good only women s dresses but we discovered much more than Thai rice and floating markets and performing musicians in huge hotels of world class status.Yet the city accommodates the rich and poor in its numerous smaller hotels and guests houses.
More info on the cultural artifacts of Thaiand.
Waiting for poets invitation so i can revisit it soonest.
gbemi tijani mst,rotarian
Appendix A Regions and Provinces of Thailand
Appendix B Kings of Sukhothai
Appendix C Kings of Lan Na and Chiang Mai
Appendix D Kings of Ayutthaya Thonburi and SiamThailand
Appendix E Population of Thailand by Province and Region in thousands
Appendix F Population of Thailand 19102010 in thousands
Appendix G Population of 20 Largest Cities 2010
Appendix H Economically Active Population millions of persons aged 15 years and over
Appendix I Principal Agricultural Crops 1000 metric tons
Appendix J Gross Domestic Product by Industrial Origin in billion baht
Appendix K Thailands Core Economic Indicators 20012010
Appendix L Core Performance Indicators across sectors
Parties and Seats in the House of Representatives National Elections 19332011
Appendix N A Chronology of Coups dEtat Rebellions and Revolutions in Thailand since 1782
Appendix O List of Thai Constitutions
Appendix P Prime Ministers 19322012
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