Category: History

  • The Story of Thai Democracy: Strongman Sarit

    The Story of Thai Democracy: Strongman Sarit

    This post is the sixth post in the series ‘The Story of Thai Democracy’, covering the political history of Thailand since the transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy. You can see the rest of this project here.  Sarit Thanarat was quite different from his predecessors as prime minister. He grew up in the northeast, Thailand’s…

  • The Story of Thai Democracy: The Triumvirate

    The Story of Thai Democracy: The Triumvirate

    This post is the fifth post in the series ‘The Story of Thai Democracy’, covering the political history of Thailand since the transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy. You can see the rest of this project here.  On 29 June 1951, prime minister Plaek Phibulsongkram (Phibun) was aboard the US navy ship Manhattan to attend the…

  • The Story of Thai Democracy: Phibun vs Pridi

    The Story of Thai Democracy: Phibun vs Pridi

    This post is the fourth post in the series ‘The Story of Thai Democracy’, covering the political history of Thailand since the transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy. You can see the rest of this project here.  Plaek Phibulsongkram, known as Phibun to the west and Field Marshal Por to Thais, became prime minister following…

  • The Story of Thai Democracy: Early Turmoil

    The Story of Thai Democracy: Early Turmoil

    This post is the third post in the series ‘The Story of Thai Democracy’, covering the political history of Thailand since the transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy. You can see the rest of this project here.  After the 1932 revolution, King Rama VII still reigned, but he no longer ruled. Power was now exercised…

  • The Story of Thai Democracy: The 1932 Revolution

    The Story of Thai Democracy: The 1932 Revolution

    This post is the second post in the series ‘The Story of Thai Democracy’, covering the political history of Thailand since the transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy. You can see the rest of this project here.  On a winter day in Paris, seven men met together in a coffee shop. While they were all…

  • The Story of Thai Democracy: Royal Origins

    The Story of Thai Democracy: Royal Origins

    This post is the first post in the series ‘The Story of Thai Democracy’, covering the political history of Thailand since the transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy. You can find the rest of this project here.  The year was 103, Rattanakosin era. Only three years had passed since the kingdom marked a century since…

  • The Story of Thai Democracy: An Introduction

    The Story of Thai Democracy: An Introduction

    With a few free weeks ahead of me, I’ve been considering embarking on a writing project a little more expansive than just single blog posts. I’ve been asking myself: what is something that I’m passionate about but never had the chance to really discuss? What is something that I feel is really important that I…

  • Approaches to History

    Approaches to History

    I’ve written a guest post for Joe Kaminski’s website on two different theories on how to approach telling a history. You can find the link to this post here.  The full text of the article: How best to approach the study of history? This question is one that has grappled many great minds over the centuries. Most history…

  • Could WW1 Have Been Avoided?

    Could WW1 Have Been Avoided?

    This post was originally written two years ago for the centenary of the First World War on a different blog. With the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, I’ve decided to repost this article. A hundred years ago, the First World War was started after Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo by a…

  • Pope, Patriarch and the Forgotten Empire

    Pope, Patriarch and the Forgotten Empire

    Pope Francis made the headlines recently after meeting in Cuba with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox church. It was the first such meeting in nearly a millennium, and even the Argentine pope could not contain his excitement as he exclaimed “Finally!” upon meeting his Russian counterpart. It was a historic meeting, and…