The Story of Thai Democracy

Update 28/10/22: I am currently in the process of revising the pieces in this series. There will be some inconsistency in formatting.

‘The Story of Thai Democracy’ is a series of articles covering the political history of Thailand since the transition from absolute to constitutional monarchy.

An Introduction: an introduction to the goals of this series.

1. Royal Origins: the birth of the idea of a Thai democratic state under the absolute monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty.

2. The 1932 Revolution: the events that transformed Siam from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy.

3. Early Turmoil:  the first few years of constitutional Siam under the rule of the Khana Ratsadon.

4. Phibun vs Pridi: the alternating in power of the two most influential men of early Thai democratic history, Plaek Phibunsongkram and Pridi Phanomyong.

5. The Triumvirate: Phibun’s return to power and his second administration.

6. Strongman Sarit: the administration of Sarit Thanarat and his authoritarianism.

7. Octobers of Tragedy: a narrative of the twin tragedies of 1973 and 1976.

8. Premier Prem: the administration of Prem Tinsulanonda and his style of rule.

9. Black May: the events of Black May, and the democratic period that followed.

10. From Thaksin to Today: Thaksin Shinawatra’s policies and how his downfall led to a crisis that continues to the present day.

Lessons Learned: what have we learned from the story of Thai democracy? Why is this study important?