A Kingdom in Crisis

Royal Succession and the Struggle for Democracy in 21st Century Thailand

Andrew MacGregor Marshall

A Kingdom in Crisis

Andrew MacGregor Marshall

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248 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9781783606023 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Struggling to emerge from a despotic past, Thailand stands at a defining moment in its history. While scores of citizens have been killed on the streets of Bangkok and freedom of speech continues to be routinely denied, democracy appears like an increasingly distant idea. And many fear that the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej may unleash even greater instability. Due to Thailand’s draconian lese majesté law, which prohibits anyone from questioning the royal family, no one has been willing to offer a comprehensive analysis of the current state of the country—until now. Going against the law, Andrew MacGregor Marshall is one of the only journalists covering contemporary Thailand to tell the whole story. In Kingdom in Crisis he provides thorough background on Thailand today, revealing the unacknowledged succession conflict that has become entangled with the struggle for democracy in Thailand
 
“An explosive analysis that lays bare what the Thai elite have tried to keep hidden for decades. A clear-eyed view of what is really at stake in Thailand’s continuing turmoil.”—David Streckfuss, author of Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté
 
“A timely and highly readable account of the grim political reality of the Land of Smiles. An essential primer for every visitor.” —Joe Studwell, author of How Asia Works
Contents
Introduction: Telling the truth about Thailand

Part I: Royalty versus reality
1. 'When the legends die, all collapses' - Thailand's political awakening
2. 'In a never-never land, never mind' - Welcome to the Land of Smiles
3. 'Cosmological bluster' - The dramatics of despotism

Part II: Thai-style democracy and its discontents
4. 'Our country belongs to the people - not to the king' - Thailand's unfinished revolution
5. 'I really am an elected king' - The royalist revival
6. 'There is magic, goodness and power in his heart' - The deification of Rama IX

Part III: The secrets of succession
7. 'Endless struggles for the throne' - The causes of chronic palace conflict
8. 'One neither walks, speaks, drinks, eats, nor cooks without some kind of ceremony' - The pleasures and privations of being king
9. 'I cannot afford to die' - The tragedy of King Bhumibol

Part IV: Crisis and confrontation
10. 'Living in horrifying times' - Twilight of the oligarchy
11. 'Coupmakers' haunted dreams' - Escalation and enlightenment
12. 'Returning happiness to the people' - Denying democracy, sabotaging succession
Epilogue: 'Flip on the lights and flush out the ghosts' - What the future holds
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