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  Thailand - HISTORY
Thailand was rewarded for Phibun's close cooperation with Japan during the early years of war with the return of further territory that had once been under Bangkok's control, including portions of the Shan states in Burma and the four northernmost Malay states.
Thailand's annual economic growth rate in the 1960s and early 1970s averaged a booming 8 percent, much of it attributable to United States military expenditures there during the years of its involvement in Vietnam.
Thailand allied itself closely with the United States position in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), permitting bases in Thailand to be used for raids on both the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and Cambodia.
www.mongabay.com /reference/country_studies/thailand/HISTORY.html   (17830 words)

 History of Thailand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Its independent history ended in 1558, when it fell to the Burmese; thereafter it was dominated by Burma and Ayutthaya in turn before falling to the army of the Siamese King Taksin in 1775.
Although nominally a constitutional monarchy, Thailand was ruled by a series of military governments, most prominently led by Luang Phibunsongkhram and Sarit Dhanarajata, interspersed with brief periods of democracy.
Thailand was not occupied by the Allies, but it was forced to return the territory it had gained to the British and the French.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/History_of_Thailand   (1489 words)

 The History of Thailand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Thailand is the only nation in Southeast Asia that has never colonized by a European power, attributed to a series of treaties between Rama IV and several several European nations during the late 1860's.
Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, with Malaysia on the west and south, Myanmar (Burma) to the west and north, Laos to the north and east, and Cambodia to the south and east.
Thailand is divided into four geographical regions, with mountains a mountain range dividing the country from Chiang Mai in the north, to the south central region of Sattahip.
home.pcisys.net /~jjwilson/thai.html   (2236 words)

 Thai Antiques : History of Thailand
Thai history concentrates on the history of the Thai people, less on the history of people living in the geographical area of present day Thailand.
Simplified, Thai history can be divided in a pre-Sukhothai and a post-Sukhothai period, the Sukhothai period being regarded as the first true Thai kingdom.
Thailand prospered under military rule of prime minister Prem Tinsunalonda in the 1980's, with the start of a booming economy.
www.thaiantiques.info /history.htm   (813 words)

 Thai History; History of Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Thai History; History of Thailand and Southeast Asia.
The history of Thailand is tangled among and influenced by the histories and events of the cultures that surrounded it.
Modern Thailand was once ancient Siam which was founded on a land once inhabited by cultures that have only been revealed in the past few decades.
www.guidetothailand.com /thailand-history   (1431 words)

 Thailand's History
Thailand (Siam) History as understood by a Farang.
Thailand was an island of soverngnty in an area spanning 1/3 of the globe.
Thailand is so placed on the map as to be a natural steppingstone for Japan in a drive against the great British base of Singapore at the end of the Malay peninsula.
www.csmngt.com /thailand_history.htm   (6880 words)

 History of Thailand - culture and background country
Thailand means "land of the free", and throughout its 800-year history, Thailand can boast the distinction of being the only country in Southeast Asia never to have been colonized.
Called by its rulers "the dawn of happiness", this is often considered the golden era of Thai history, an ideal Thai state in a land of plenty governed by paternal and benevolent kings, the most famous of whom was King Ramkamhaeng the Great.
The country's name was changed from Siam to Thailand with the advent of a democratic government in 1939.
www.yourrooms.com /thailand_hotels/history.htm   (635 words)

 History of Thailand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The first ruler of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, King Rama Thibodi, made two important contributions to Thai history: the establishment and promotion of Theravada Buddhism as the official religion--to differentiate his kingdom from the neighboring Hindu kingdom of Angkor--and the compilation of the Dharmashastra, a legal code based on Hindu sources and traditional Thai custom.
Although nominally a constitutional monarchy, Thailand was ruled by a series of military governments interspersed with brief periods of democracy from that time until the 1992 elections.
As with the rest of Southeast Asia, Thailand was occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War.
www.historyofnations.net /asia/thailand.html   (1049 words)

 Thailand History & Thailand Culture | iExplore.com
The Kingdom of Thailand (known as Siam until 1939) was ruled by the Khmers, based in what is now neighboring Cambodia, during the 11th and 12th centuries.
Before Thailand assumed its position as one of the Asian tiger economies, agriculture had been the main economic activity: this has declined in relative importance as the industrial and service base expanded and developed.
Thailand is a member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (and as such will participate in the planned Free Trade Area), as well as the Asian Development Bank and the Colombo Plan (a cooperative trading body covering South Asia).
www.iexplore.com /dmap/Thailand/History   (1356 words)

 History of Thailand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Thailand, or Siam as it was called until 1939, has never been colonised by a foreign power, unlike its South and Southeast Asian neighbours.
In the 12th century, this met a Khmer culture moving from the east, the Sumatran-based Srivijaya culture moving north, and citizens of the Thai state of Nan Chao, in what is now southern China, migrating south.
After the war, Thailand was dominated by the military and experienced more than twenty coups and countercoups interspersed with short-lived experiments with democracy.
www.sityodtong.com /history.htm   (521 words)

 Thailand History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Thailand existed in the form of many small states as far back as 1000 AD.
During the Vietnam War, Thailand was an important staging area for the US military.
Attractive to investors and tourists alike, Thailand had been doing well economically until a decline in 1996 (brought about by the actions of a military-dominated government).
www.nationbynation.com /Thailand/History1.html   (167 words)

 Thailand's History
Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia to have not been colonized.
Their are five periods in which this history can be divided.
Thailand’s present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is King Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty.
www.goldenthailand.net /page6   (662 words)

 Thailand, History.
The earliest civilisation in Thailand is believed to have been that of the Mons in central Thailand, who brought a Buddhist culture from the Indian subcontinent.
Thailand's new leader is popular, and has repayed in advance the debt adquired with the IMF giving back to Thais their national pride.
Critics say that this is a populist approach, but the economical cycle is on the rise and the stock market has apreciated by 250% from Khun Thaksin arrival to power, and the country ratings have been upgraded by international rating agencies.
thailand.yinyangandtaichichuan.org /history.html   (660 words)

 Amazon.ca: Thailand : A Short History; Second Edition: Books: David K. Wyatt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
We then hear how Thailand avoided colonization by one by one putting off the European powers, first the UK, then France, then Holland, etc. Finally, the modern period is covered, with the move of the capital to Bangkok in 1782 and the beginning of the Chakri dynasty.
The history of the area has been rife with war and intra-region political conflict and intrigue, and yet somehow this is one of the most boring books I have ever read.
If you are looking for a general overview of the history of this area of the world with a focus on Thailand, then this is a very decent book with which to start.
www.amazon.ca /Thailand-History-David-K-Wyatt/dp/0300084757   (1195 words)

 The making of oral history in Thailand - 65th IFLA Council and General Conference - Conference Programme and Proceedings
Interest in history as serious academic subject as well as an intellectual tool in the understanding of social change and political development was at its height in the early 1970's and seemed to stimulate the making of oral history.
The National Archives in Thailand was officially established to collect official documents generated in the course of their routine duties by all the bureaucratic agencies in the country.
Oral history in Thailand is used in conjunction with the general techniques of historical research rather than to be conducted autonomously.
www.ifla.org /IV/ifla65/papers/140-146e.htm   (1909 words)

 Thailand history and travel information- the Official Website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Thailand would never again be a vassal state, despite many attempts to overwhelm the country throughout the ages.
King Chulalongkorn was particularly impressed by western methods of law and education and he set about fully reforming the legal system of Siam and introducing state education for the masses (previously all education had been the privilege of the rich or through schools set up at monasteries).
However, despite the introduction of constitutional monarchy, Thailand struggled for many years to remain constitutional, with power slipping backwards and forwards from the hands of corruptly elected politicians to military strongmen for the next sixty years.
www.visit-mekong.com /thailand/background/history.htm   (795 words)

 History of Thailand
The focus of Thai history and politics now moved to the central plains of present-day Thailand, where Ayutthaya was establishing itself as a centralized state, its power outstripping not only Sukhothai but also other neighboring states such as Suphannaphum and Lawo (Lopburi).
Throughout its long history, Ayutthaya had a thriving commerce in "forest produce," principally sapanwood (a wood which produces reddish dye), eaglewood (an aromatic wood), benzoin (a type of incense), gumlac (used as wax), and deerhides (much in demand in Japan).
Thailand announced its support of United Nations intervention and promptly sent a 2,000-man fighting force, naval and air force contingents, and several tons of rice.
www.magma.ca /~thaiott/thaihis2.htm   (8685 words)

 Northern Thailand History
It is generally acknowledged, throughout Thailand, that the Northern women are the most beautiful and people friendliest and politest in the country.
They entered today's Thailand at Chiang Saen (Yonokanagakom) on the southern banks of the Mae Khong River; this gateway to Siam is known to have been a kingdom as early as 773 A.D. The mighty Lanna kingdom was founded by King Mengri (1259 - 1317).
Today Northern Thailand is part of the Kingdom of Thailand and ruled from Bangkok.
www.thaifocus.com /history.htm   (952 words)

Thailand is one of the few countries in the world which has never been colonised.
It's importance in Thai history began when a cholera outbreak forced Phya U-Thong, the ruler of the principality of U-Thong (today known as Suphan Buri), to evacuated his people.
Modern Thailand is indebted to Rama I for his cultural revival programme.
www.smile-a-day.com /making_of_a_nation.shtml   (1637 words)

 Thailand : In Depth : History | Frommers.com
Cave paintings, found throughout the country, are believed to originate as early as 2,000 B.C., with people dancing, dressed in feathers and kilts, with domesticated animals, popular regional fish such as dolphins (in the south) and catfish (in the north), and wild animals in hunting scenes and grassy patches that appear to be rice paddies.
Ancient Mon settlements lined the fringes of Thailand's central plains area, seemingly stretching as far west as Myanmar (Burma), north toward Chiang Mai, northeast to northern Laos and the Khorat Plateau, and east to Cambodia.
Born the son of the king of Chiang Saen and a southern Chinese princess, Mengrai ascended the throne in 1259, and established the first capital of the Lanna Kingdom at Chiang Rai in 1263.
www.frommers.com /destinations/thailand/0245020044.html   (3204 words)

 Thailand History - TravelPuppy.com
The Kingdom of Thailand was known as Siam until 1939.
Thailand was an influential member of the main regional anti-communist bloc, Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Thailand has been prominent in proposing the reformation of ASEAN into a regional trading bloc (see Business).
travelpuppy.com /thailand/history.htm   (724 words)

 Thailand: History
In 1943, Japan “granted” to Thailand territory in N Malaya and in the Shan states of Myanmar, but after the war Thailand was forced to return these territories and those acquired in 1941 to French and British control.
Thailand signed (1950) a technical and economic aid agreement with the United States and sent troops in support of the United Nations action in Korea.
Thailand strongly supported the U.S. policy in South Vietnam, providing bases for U.S. troops and airfields for strikes against the North Vietnamese; thousands of Thai troops were sent in support of South Vietnam.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/world/A0861512.html   (2528 words)

 Thailand Life - History of Thailand
The word "Thai" means free, and therefore Thailand means the "land of the free".
Due to the kingdom's prosperity, it is regarded as a "golden age" in the Thai history.
Then in the 1350, a new dynasty led by King Ramathibodi I (Uthong) established a new capital at Ayutthaya, and in 1378 during the reign of King Borommaracha I, Sukhothai was subdued to become a tributary state of Ayutthaya.
www.thailandlife.com /history.htm   (444 words)

 Thailander.com - History of Thailand - English Version   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
In Thailand's 800-year history, Thailand has the distinction of being the ONLY country in Southeast Asia never to be colonized.
Going back to the Mons in central Thailand, who brought with them a Buddhist culture from the subcontinent of India, is believed to be the earliest civilization of Thailand.
From the South moved the Sumatran-based Srivijaya culture, while from the east came a Khmer culture and from the north, migrating south were the citizens of the Thai state of Nan Chao, which is now southern China.
www.thailander.com /aboutthailand/history   (798 words)

 History - Thailand
The Khmers were vanquished by 1431, leaving Ayutthaya to rule an area twice that of modern Thailand.
Thailand's present king, Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) is the world's longest reigning monarch, having occupied the throne since 1946, shortly after Japan's World War II presence in the country.
The young king was studying in Switzerland (not to return until 1945), and in his absence the government of Phibul Songkram changed the country's name to Thailand, rendered locally as Prathet Thai, meaning, so some say, Land of the Free.
www.circleofasia.com /History-Thailand.htm   (347 words)

 Amazing Thailand - Thailand's History
It is difficult to determine the type of culture which existed in Thailand before the Christian era, since no written records or chronologies exist but archeological excavations in the area north of Nakorn Ratchasima indicate that there were people living here over 4000 years ago.
However, by the 6th century AD thriving agricultural communities were established from as far north as Lamphun to Pattani in Southern Thailand.
The Burmese made no further inroads into Thailand and, in 1769, a new Thai capital was established at Thonburi, on the banks of the Chao Phraya river opposite Bangkok, by general Phya Taksin.
www.amazing-thailand.com /History.html   (768 words)

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