The History of Thailand

by Patit Paban Mishra


The people of Thailand call their country "Ratchaanachak Thai"—Kingdom of Thailand. During two periods of history, Thailand was called "Siam"—in 1855–1939 and 1946–1949. By any name, this nation has a truly unique culture due largely to its status as the sole Southeast Asian nation that successfully resisted western colonization.

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August 2010


Pages 182
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics World History/Politics and Government

The book provides a clear portrayal of Thailand's culture and society, and explains its significance in the history of human civilization, its strategic geographic location, and its attraction as a tourist destination.

Thailand is a fascinating country with a very rich culture and history. Today, it is home to over 60 million people, and is a newly industrialized nation with an emerging world economy. Thailand is the world's leading exporter of rice, with roughly half of its arable land dedicated to rice fields. As home to one of the earliest iron and bronze cultures, Thailand can be regarded as a "cradle of civilization."

This book is divided into 11 chapters that follow an introduction that explains the text's scope, organization and methodology. A chronology of historical events, biographical entries on key figures, a bibliography, a glossary of terms, and selected maps provide an enlightening, complete view of Thailand's culture and world significance.


  • Chronology of Thailand's history ranging from early times to the modern period
  • Includes two high quality maps of Thailand
  • A select bibliography provides suggestions for further reading
  • A glossary clarifies unfamiliar Thai terms


  • Presents a comprehensive evaluation of the history and culture of Thailand from prehistoric to contemporary times
  • Written by an internationally renowned historian
Series Description

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world’s nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation’s long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
Author Info

Patit Paban Mishra is professor of history at Sambalpur University, India, where he specializes in world history with specific emphasis on South Asian and Southeast Asian history. His published works included Cultural Rapprochement Between India and South East Asia and Contemporary History of Laos, and he is currently coediting Native Peoples of the World: South Asia and Middle East Tribes . Mishra has also served as an encyclopedia editor and as chairperson or participant of 17 international conferences and two dozen national conferences.

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