The King Never Smiles

Author: Paul M. Handley

Publisher: Yale University Press


Category: Religion

Page: 499

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Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej, the only king ever born in the United States, came to the throne of his country in 1946 and is now the world's longest-serving monarch. This book tells the unexpected story of his life and 60-year rule: how a Western-raised boy came to be seen by his people as a living Buddha; and how a king widely seen as beneficent and apolitical could in fact be so deeply political, autocratic, and even brutal. Paul Handley provides an extensively researched, factual account of the king's youth and personal development, ascent to the throne, skilful political maneuverings, and attempt to shape Thailand as a Buddhist kingdom. Blasting apart the widely accepted image of the king as egalitarian and virtuous, Handley convincingly portrays an anti-democratic monarch who, together with allies in big business and the corrupt Thai military, has protected a centuries-old, barely-modified feudal dynasty. When at nineteen Bhumibol assumed the throne after the still-unsolved shooting of his brother, the Thai monarchy had been stripped of power and prestige. Over the ensuing decades, Bhumibol became the paramount political actor in the kingdom, crushing critics while attaining high status among his people. The book details this process and depicts Thailand's unique constitutional monarch in the full light of the facts.
Business & Economics

Southeast Asian Affairs 2007

Author: Daljit Singh

Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 412

View: 467

Contains contributions by experts that discuss the significant issues and events of 2007 in each of the Southeast Asian nations and the region as a whole.

Thai Monarchy

Author: LLC Books

Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series



Page: 80

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Chapters: Thai Royal and Noble Titles, List of Thai Monarchs, Monarchy of Thailand, Chakri Dynasty, the King Never Smiles, Royal Barge Procession, Royal Standard of Thailand, Royal Flags of Thailand, Front Palace, Crown Property Bureau, Rambhai Barni, 1924 Palace Law of Succession, Saovabha Bongsri, Emerald Buddha, Savang Vadhana, Sansoen Phra Barami, Sukhumala Marasri, Rama, Amarindra, Sword of Victory, Chao Keo Naovarat, Great Crown of Victory, Royal Nine-Tiered Umbrella, Thong Daeng, Uparaja, Royal Staff, Inthawichayanon of Chiang Mai, Intavaroros Suriyavongse. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 78. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Thai royal and noble titles are the royal and noble styles signifying relationship to the King. The system is somewhat similar to that of peerage, but is complicated and usually not well understood even by most Thai people. A particular title of honor may not be confined to just the beginning or the end of the name, but may be split across the name as will be demonstrated. Another point of note about the titles is that the King has the power to bestow any title on anybody, regardless of the rule. However, such promotion is personal and the children of the person will not normally benefit from it (see, for example, Phra Worawong Ther Phra Ong Chao). There are two titles which can be used for a king (depending on coronation status). Phrabat Somdej Phra Chao Yu Hua (Thai: ) is the normal title used by the kings of Thailand (Siam) after coronation. There are two ways that this title can be used: Somdej Phra Chao Yu Hua () is restricted to a king who has not yet gone through coronation. Once crowned, he will use the title Phrabat Somdej Phra Chao Yu Hua. This particular title normally precedes the king's name, since he has not yet been given a ceremonial na...More: http: //

Duthel Thailand Guide III

Author: Heinz Duthel

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand


Category: Travel

Page: 508

View: 968

Duthel Thailand Guide III. Isan - 16th. Edition 2015 Isan Amnat Charoen Province The Bodyguard 2 Bueng Kan Province Buriram Province Chi River Chrieng Brunh Dynamite Warrior Economy of Isan History of Isan Hua Na Dam I-San Special Isan language Tony Jaa Kai yang Kalasin Province Kantrum Khao Yai National Park Khon Kaen Khon Kaen Province Khon Kaen Silk Festival Khorat Plateau Lam Phra Phloeng Dam Loei Province Maha Sarakham Province Mekong

The King and the Making of Modern Thailand

Author: Antonio L. Rappa

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


Category: History

Page: 302

View: 584

The making of modern Thailand is grounded in specific political institutions, Brahmanical tropes, and sacred Buddhist traditions stylized with Hindu rituals. Over and above these mysterious practices and ancient customs, modern Thailand is a product of the late Great Rama IX Bhumibol Adulyadej. Most Thai people have only known one King. Born in Europe and educated during World War II, Bhumibol was the son of a Harvard medical doctor who had a penchant for jazz music and fast cars. When he returned to Thailand in 1951 to assume his royal duties, he could hardly speak Thai but his French and German were remarkable. Bhumibol had inherited an impoverished country with nothing but a symbolic role as a figurehead monarch. He was surrounded by envious courtiers and royals from other families now sidelined by the rise of the Chakri. Scheming generals and authoritarian field marshals were emptying the Kingdom’s coffers. Using guile and wit, Bhumibol had turned the tide by 1973. He became the most powerful modern warlord in the history of the Kingdom. He survived attempted murder, crafty politicians, corrupt generals, sycophantic courtiers and impoverished masses. When he died on October 13 2016, Bhumibol was already the longest standing monarch in the world. King Bhumibol was deeply respected and well-liked by farang and locals alike. Despite his massive social and economic achievements many problems continue to plague the Kingdom. These are prostitution, human rights issues, pollution, corruption, cronyism in Chinese businesses, border conflicts with Cambodia, and the refugee problem. This book examines the role of Rama IX and the variegated set of problems that persist in life under the great white elephant and mango trees. Rappa draws from his primary research that includes interviews, surveys and first-hand observations of a remarkable kingdom and a uniquely remarkable king to reveal the internal security threats to democracy and civil society in the oldest Southeast Asian kingdom in late modernity.
Business & Economics

International Libel and Privacy Handbook

Author: Charles J. Glasser, Jr.

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 496

View: 170

Publishers, journalists, and authors can be sued for violating legal standards thousands of miles away from where they work. This book, written primarily for journalists and editors, but of use to their lawyers, explains risks publishers should understand prior to publication, steps to take to avoid legal conflicts, and available defenses in the event of a claim. This new second edition of International Libel and Privacy Handbook is an updated nation-by-nation summary of libel and privacy law written by local practitioners in an easy-to-use reference format covering Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Glasser's second edition includes new chapters on emerging media markets such as the Middle East and Malaysia, as well as thorough legal updates on all major media nations.
Biography & Autobiography

Land of Smiles

Author: A. Maytree

Publisher: iUniverse


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 278

View: 450

Before Bush and Iraq, there was Nixon and Vietnam. It's 1969. The Vietnam War has turned into a meat grinder, 250,000 protesters are marching on Washington to confront a defiant President Nixon holed up in the White House, and Alden Maytree, fresh out of Catholic seminary, has passed his pre-induction physical. Just before Uncle Sam drafts him, he gets a surprise call. Instead of killing commies in Vietnam, how about spending two years next door in exotic Thailand, the "Land of Smiles," as a Peace Corps Volunteer? But when he arrives in Bangkok, he discovers he can't escape the war and clashes with Peace Corps, the U.S. Embassy and the CIA. Land of Smiles is a memoir of one young man's coming of age during the Boomer generation's war-and the painful lessons he and America both learn as they try to save the world.

Wisdom's Daughter

Author: India Edghill

Publisher: Macmillan


Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 574

This is the tale of Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, who rules the spice lands and bows before the will of the Goddess. This is the tale of Solomon, the King of Israel and Judea, who built the golden temple to Yahweh in Jerusalem. Once he prayed that he might rule wisely. This is the tale of Solomon's wives, of his concubines ... and of his daughter Baalit, more beloved than any son. Here are their voices, their mysteries, and their deepest secrets. Here they sing their songs and weave their tapestries. As the queen's search for a true heir to her throne takes her to the court of the wisest man in the world, both she and the king learn how to value truth, love, and duty...and the king's daughter learns that not all the world is ruled by men. Wisdom's Daughter is a vivid and richly textured rendition of the biblical tale of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Told in a tapestry of voices that ring with authenticity, Wisdom's Daughter profoundly reveals the deep ties among women in a patriarchal world.