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King Ananda’s death: testimony of Kenneth Landon

Kenneth and Margaret Landon were an extraordinary couple. They were college sweethearts who married in 1926 and set off for Siam in 1927 as Presbyterian missionaries. After a year in […]

A brief guide to Thailand's royal succession

A brief guide to Thailand’s royal succession

1. INTRODUCTION & WARNING 2. THE RULES OF THE GAME 2.1 OFFICIAL 2.2 ACTUAL 3. KEY PLAYERS AND TOP TEAMS 3.1 BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ 3.2 MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN 3.3 SIRIKIT KITIYAKARA 3.4 […]

Thailand's royal family follows King Bhumibol Adulyadej as he returns to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok

Australia’s ABC on Thailand’s monarchy

In April 2010, Australian broadcaster ABC infuriated the Thai authorities with an episode of the Foreign Correspondent current affairs programme on Thailand’s monarchy. You can view it below: ABC Foreign […]

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The Times on Thailand’s 1932 revolution

A report in British newspaper The Times on June 25, 1932, about Siam’s revolution:  

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Obituary of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI of Siam

This is an obituary of Siam’s King Rama VI, Vajiravudh, in British newspaper The Times on November 27, 1925:     Here’s the New York Times report on his death, also on […]

U.S. memorandum on Pridi and the regicide accusations, 1957

A secret U.S. diplomatic memorandum from 1957, expressing alarm that Pridi Banomyong may return to Thailand as part of a “Chinese Communist plan” and noting that Phao Sriyanond, who was […]

Students stand in front of a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok

Degrees of deception

A New York Times article from August 1962 on a long-forgotten spat between Thai royalists and the Australian National University reveals an uncomfortable fact about King Bhumibol Adulyadej: Thais are […]

King Bhumibol Adulyadej in December 2008

#thaistory: iPad and Kindle editions

For those of you with an iPad or Kindle, special editions of #thaistory are now available. #thaistory can be downloaded for free by anybody who would like to read it, […]

Thai students prostrate to a statue of King Chulalongkorn, who abolished prostration

Uneducate people – ภาษาไทย

(This article was first published in English on my Reuters blog on August 1, 2010. Many thanks to Zenrei L. Kenmeisensai for translation) ระหว่างที่กำลังเกิดความวุ่นวายทางการเมืองในประเทศไทย เพื่อนนักข่าวรอยเตอร์ของผมคนหนึ่งได้เก็บภาพที่น่าขบขันและเศร้าไปพร้อมๆกันภาพหนึ่งเอาไว้ได้ในวันที่ 22 เมษายน เป็นภาพของกลุ่มผู้ชุมนุมที่มาจากกลุ่มที่เรียกกันว่า “กลุ่มคนเสื้อหลากสี” ที่กำลังแสดงความไม่พอใจกลุ่มผู้ชุมุนุม “เสื้อแดง” […]

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A monarchy fights for freedom

During the 1950s and 1960s, Thailand was transformed forever by a massive influx of American money and military manpower, as the United States battled the spread of communism in Indochina. […]

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