A Kingdom in Crisis

Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
by Andrew MacGregor Marshall
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Publisher: Zed Books

Series: Asian Arguments

Publication Date: November 15, 2015

ISBN: 9781783606856

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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‘Perhaps the best introduction yet to the roots of Thailand’s present political impasse. A brilliant book.’
Simon Long, The Economist

Struggling to emerge from a despotic past, and convulsed by an intractable conflict that will determine its future, Thailand stands at a defining moment in its history. Scores have been killed on the streets of Bangkok. Freedom of speech is routinely denied. Democracy appears increasingly distant. And many Thais fear that the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej is expected to unleash even greater instability.

Yet in spite of the impact of the crisis, and the extraordinary importance of the royal succession, they have never been comprehensively analysed – until now. Breaking Thailand's draconian lèse majesté law, Andrew MacGregor Marshall is one of the only journalists covering contemporary Thailand to tell the whole story.

Marshall provides a comprehensive explanation that for the first time makes sense of the crisis, revealing the unacknowledged succession conflict that has become entangled with the struggle for democracy in Thailand.