Thailand’s Soldier King

JCA editor-in-chief Kevin Hewison has reviewed A Soldier King. Monarchy and Military in the Thailand of Rama X, by Supalak Ganjanakhundee, published by the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute.

Hewison likes the book, saying “Supalak has delivered a significant study that seeks to explain the crucial relationship between the military and the monarchy and critically reflects on Vajiralongkorn’s efforts to reorganise state and palace in ways that give him increased power.”

He adds that the book “deserves to be widely read for the light it shines on Vajiralongkorn, his palace, and his absolutist inclination.” A Soldier King is essential context for understanding the monarchy reform movement.

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