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The Making of Modern Thailand, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Martin Seeger
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Useful websites

National Identity Office of Thailand:

Office of the National Culture Commission in Ministry of Culture:

Thai Ministry of Culture:

The Bangkok Post:

The Nation (Bangkok):

Nationalism Project:

Midnight University: [very good source for texts in Thai!!!!]

Reading List

Anderson, Benedict, 1991, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Rev. ed London.

Barmé, Scot, 1993, Luang Wichit Wathakan and the creation of a Thai identity , Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Bowie, Katherine, 1996, Rituals of national loyalty : an anthropology of the state and the village scout movement in Thailand , New York: Columbia University Press.

Chamberlain, James R. (ed.), 1991, The Ram Khamhaeng controversy : collected papers , Bangkok: The Siam Society Under royal Patronage.

Cone, Margaret/Gombrich, Richard, The Perfect generosity of Prince Vessantara : a Buddhist epic , Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Connors, Michael, 2003, Democracy and national identity in Thailand , New York and London: RoutledgeCurzon.

Damrong Rajanubhab, Prince, 2001, The chronicle of our wars with the Burmese : hostilities between Siamese and Burmese when Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam , translated into English by Phra Phraison Salarak and Thein Subindu alias U Aung Thein, Bangkok: White Lotus.

Gombrich, Richard, 1988, Therav ā da Buddhism : a social history from ancient Benares to modern Colombo , London, New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Grabowsky, Volker (ed), Southeast Asian historiography unravelling the myths : essays in honour of Barend Jan Terwiel , Bangkok: River Books, 2011.

Harrison, Rachel V. and Peter A. Jackson, 2010, The ambiguous allure of the west : traces of the colonial in Thailand , Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Haseman, John B., 2002, The Thai resistance movement during World War II , Chiang Mai: Silkworms.

Hewison, Kevin (ed.), 1997, Political change in Thailand : democracy and participation , London: Routledge.

Hobsbawm, Eric and Ranger, Terence, 1992, The invention of tradition , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ishhi, Yoneo, 1986, Sangha, state, and society : Thai Buddhism in history , Honolulu: The University of Hawaii Press.

Jackson, Peter, 1989, Buddhism, legitimation, and conflict : the political functions of urban Thai Buddhism , Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Keyes, Charles F., 1989, Thailand : Buddhist kingdom as modern nation-state , Bangkok: D.K. Printing House.

Kobkua Suwannathat-Pian, 2003, Kings, country and constitutions : Thailand's political development, 1932-2000 , London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon.

Kullada Kesboonchoo Mead, 2004, The rise and decline of Thai absolutism , London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon.

Likhit Dhiravegan, 1992, Demi democracy : the evolution of the Thai political system , Singapore: Times Academic Press.

von der Mehden, Fred R., 1963, Religion and nationalism in Southeast Asia : Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines , Madisaon, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press.

Mukhom Wongthes, 2003, Intellectual might and national myth : a forensic investigation of the Ram Khamhaeng controversy in Thai society , Bangkok: Matichon Public.

Mulder, Niels, 1997, Thai images : the culture of the public world , Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books.

Owen, Norman G. (ed.), 2005, The emergence of modern Southeast Asia : a new history , Honolulu: University of Hawai’I Press.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Baker, Chris, 2000, Thailand's crisis , Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Baker, Chris, 2004, Thaksin : the business of politics in Thailand , Copenhagen: NIAS.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Baker, Chris, 1999, Civilising the state : state, civil society and politics in Thailand , Amsterdam: Centre for Asian Studies.

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, 2005, A plastic nation : the curse of Thainess in Thai-Burmese relations , Lanham: University Press of America.

Peleggi, Maurizio, 2002, Lords of things : the fashioning of the Siamese monarchy's modern image , Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

Peleggi, Maurizio, 2007, Thailand : the worldly kingdom , London: Reaktion Books.

Rajadhon, Phya Anuman, 1961, Life and ritual in old Siam : three studies of Thai life and customs , New Haven: HRAF Press.

Reynolds, Craig James, The Buddhist monkhood in nineteenth century Thailand , Ithaca, NY, Cornell University, Dissertation.

Reynolds, Craig J. (ed.), 1991, National identity and its defenders : Thailand today , Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books.

Reynolds, Craig, 2006, Seditious histories : contesting Thai and Southeast Asian pasts , Seattle and London: University of Washington Press.

Reynolds, Frank E. and Reynolds, Mani B., Three worlds according to King Ruang : a Thai Buddhist cosmology , Berkeley: University of Berkeley

Smith, Anthony D, 2001, Nationalism : theory, ideology, history , Cambridge: Polity.

Smith, Anthony D., 2000, “Theories of nationalism. Alternative models of nation formation”, in: Michael Leifer (ed.), Asian nationalism, pp. 1-20

Smith, Bardwell L. (ed.), 1978, Religion and legitimation of power in Thailand, Laos, and Burma , Chambersburg: Anima Books.

Sunait Chutintaranond and Baker, Chris (eds), 2002, Recalling local pasts : autonomous history in Southeast Asia , Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books .

Swearer, Donald, 1995, The Buddhist world of Southeast Asia , Albany: Suny Press.

Tambiah, Stanley, 1976, World conqueror and world renouncer : a study of Buddhism and polity in Thailand against a historical background , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tambiah, Stanley, 1970, Buddhism and the spirit cults in north-east Thailand , Cambridge: University Press.

Tanabe, Shigeharu, 2002, Cultural crisis and social memory : modernity and identity in Thailand and Laos , London: RoutledgeCurzon.

Taylor, J.L., 1993, Forest monks and the nation-state : an anthropological and historical study in northeastern Thailand , Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Terwiel, B. J., 1983, A history of modern Thailand, 1767-1942 , St. Lucia, London, New York: University of Queensland Press.

Terwiel, B.J., 1989, A window on Thai history , Bangkok: Editions Duang Kamol. 1989

Terwiel, B.J., 2005, Thailand's political history : from the fall of Ayyutthaya in 1767 to recent times Bangkok: River Books.

Terwiel, Barend Jan, 2010, The Ram Khamhaeng inscription : the fake that did not come true , Gossenberg: Ostasien Verlag.

Terwiel, Barend Jan, " "Siam" : ten ways to look at Thailand's past , Reihe Gelbe Erde, Gossenberg: Ostasian Verlag, 2012.

Thak Chaloemtiarana, 1978, Thai politics : extracts and documents. vol.1, 1932-1957 Bangkok: Social Science Association of Thailand.

Thak Chaloemtiarana, 1979, Thailand: The politics of despotic paternalism , Bangkok: Social Science Association of Thailand.

Thongchai Winichakul, 1994, Siam mapped : a history of the geo-body of a nation Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books.

Van Esterik, Penny, 2000, Materializing Thailand Oxford: Berg.

Vella, Walter Francis, 1978, Chaiyo! : King Vajiravudh and the development of Thai nationalism , Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii.

Wyatt, David, 1984, Thailand : a short history Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books.

Wyatt, David, 1969, The politics of reform in Thailand : education in the reign of King Chulalongkorn , New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

This list was last updated on 13/01/2016