Kingdom of Thailand

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Kingdom of Thailand
ราชอาณาจักรไทย
Flag of Kingdom of Thailand
Flag
Coat of arms of Kingdom of Thailand
Coat of arms
Location of Kingdom of Thailand
Capital
and largest city
Bangkok
Dominant mode of productionCapitalism
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Vajiralongkorn
• Prime Minister
Srettha Thavisin
Area
• Total
513,120 km²
Population
• 2024 estimate
66,041,239


Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a US-backed monarchy in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by Laos and Cambodia to the east, Myanmar to the west and Malaysia to the south.

History[edit | edit source]

Ayutthaya Kingdom (1351–1767)[edit | edit source]

See main article: Ayutthaya Kingdom (1351–1767)

Rattanakosin Kingdom (1782 –1932)[edit | edit source]

See main article: Rattanakosin Kingdom (1782 –1932)

Contemporary Thailand[edit | edit source]

The United States used Thailand as a base for its bombings of Vietnam and Laos during the Resistance War. The number of U.S. soldiers occupying Thailand reached 40,000, including 365 Green Berets fighting against guerrillas within Thailand.[1]

The baht failed in 1997, leading to a regional economic crisis that made Singapore and other countries rely on IMF loans.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Blum (2002). Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower: 'A Concise History of United States Global Interventions, 1945 to the Present' (pp. 116–117). [PDF] Zed Books Ltd. ISBN 9781842772201 [LG]
  2. Vijay Prashad (2008). The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World: 'Singapore' (p. 255). [PDF] The New Press. ISBN 9781595583420 [LG]