This title is the first study to relate the history and contemporary role of the South East Asian monarchy to the politics of the region today. Comprehensive & up-to-date, Monarchy in South East Asia features an historical and political overview of
*as well as the region in general.
The excellent coverage of this fascinating subject should be of interest to general reader as well as to specialists focusing on region.
Table of ContentsPreface Part One Opening Thoughts 1. Introduction Part Two Modern History 2. The colonial era: Varieties of Indirect Rule 3. On the eve of the present: after World War II 4. Indonesia: the exception that proves a rule? Part Three The latest phase 5. Laos: bowing off the stage of history 6. Cambodia: the King with nine lives 7. Malaysia: monarchy overawed 8. Brunei: perks and perils of absolute rule 9. Thailand: A King for all seasons Part Four: Closing Thoughts 10. Monarchy and Democracy APPENDIX Further glimpses of the deeper past