A History of Thailand

Thailand joined the World War I on the allied side in 1917. Prajadhipok became the new king of Thailand in November 1925. And on June 1932, Thailand became a constitutional monarchy after a revolution. However, Prince Boraradei led a counter-revolution in October 1933 and failed.

Thailand agreed to let Japanese troops to pass through the country to invade British Malaya on December 8, 1941. And on 25 January, 1942, Thailand declared war on Britain and the USA.

Thailand signed peace treaties with Britain and France in 1946. They joined the UN that same year. But in the year 1947, the country became a military dictatorship under Field-Marshal Phibul. Even after his death, the army continued to rule Thailand. The army rule broke in 1973 after thousands of students demonstrated demanding proper constitution. This led to a coalition of 17 parties.

From 1980, General Prem Tinsulanonda led Thailand, introducing a more liberal regime. He stepped down in 1988 and Chatichai Choonhavan became the prime minister. Again, the army staged a coup on 23rd February, 1991 and General Suchinda took over.

History repeated when Thais displayed amazing people power when they took to streets. As a result, Thailand returned to normal civilian government. A new constitution was introduced in 1997. There was, however, another military coup in 2006, but the democratic elections held in December 2007 suppressed it.

Thailand has showed a great economic growth since late 20th Century. Finding work in Thailand is no doubt a pleasurable experience.

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