This 12 months sees the publication of the fourth version of the e-book, A Historical past of Thailand (Cambridge UP, 2022), by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit. Remarkably, the Thai language translation of the e-book, ประวัติศาสตร์ไทยร่วมสมัย, is now in its thirteenth version. This makes A Historical past of Thailand arguably probably the most profitable normal e-book on Thai historical past of the fashionable interval for each Thai and worldwide readers. On this considerably revised and up to date version, Baker and Pasuk make sense of Thailand’s tumultuous trendy politics, and its society and financial system, by putting it inside a longer-term historic narrative. The theme of the e-book is the formation of the fashionable nation-state, and the way completely different social forces have tried to achieve affect over it.
Patrick Jory teaches Southeast Asian Historical past within the College of Historic and Philosophical Inquiry on the College of Queensland. He may be reached at: [email protected]