Thailand: Prathet Thai (Kingdom of Thailand)

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Thais migrated to the present territory from Nan Chao in the Yunnan area of China in the 8th and 9th centuries. Thais today look back to the state of Sukhothai, a Buddhist kingdom which grew up in the central plain of Thailand in the 13th century, as their first historical state. A hundred years later Sukhothai was succeeded by the new kingdom of Ayutthaya, which served until the Burmese invasion of 1767. After some years of confusion Thailand’s leading general, Chao Phraya Chakkri, assumed the throne in 1782, thus establishing the dynasty which still heads the Thai state.


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Further Reading

  1. National Statistical Office Thailand Statistical Yearbook.Google Scholar
  2. Girling, J. I. S., Thailand: Society and Politics. Cornell Univ. Press, 1981Google Scholar
  3. Krongkaew, M. (ed.) Thailand’s Industrialization and its Consequences. London, 1995Google Scholar
  4. Kulick, E. and Wilson, D., Thailand’s Turn: Profile of a New Dragon. London and New York, 1993 (NY, 1994)Google Scholar
  5. Watts, M., Thailand. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1986Google Scholar
  6. National statistical office: National Statistical Office, Thanon Lan Luang, Bangkok 10100Google Scholar

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