Hot off the press, this new book on Thailand’s recent political upheavals will shed light on the events of May 2010. Published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, it is edited by Michael J. Montesano, Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Aekapol Chongvilaivan.

I have no doubt it will be the subject of much discussion on New Mandala in the weeks and months ahead. For now, we can provide the table of contents. Many author names and topics will be familiar to regular New Mandala readers.

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Seeking Perspective on a Slow-Burn Civil War

Michael J. Montesano

2. The Culture of the Army

Nidhi Eoseewong

3. Thoughts on Thailand’s Turmoil

James Stent

4. Truth and Justice When Fear and Repression Remain

Tyrell Haberkorn

5. The Impact of the Red Shirt Rallies on the Thai Economy

Aekapol Chongvilaivan

6. The Socio-Economic Bases of the Red/Yellow Divide

Ammar Siamwalla and Somchai Jitsuchon

7. The Ineffable Rightness of Conspiracy: Thailand’s Democrat-ministered State and the Negation of Red Shirt Politics

Marc Askew

8. A New Politics of Desire and Disintegration in Thailand

Chairat Charoensin-o-larn

9. Notes Towards an Understanding of Thai Liberalism

Michael K. Connors

10. Thailand’s Classless Conflict

Shawn W. Crispin

11. The Grand Bargain: Making “Reconciliation” Mean Something

Federico Ferrara

12. Inequalities, Coercion, and Consent

David Fullbrook

13. Class, Inequality, and Politics

Kevin Hewison

14. Thailand’s Rocky Path towards a Full-Fledged Democracy

Kasit Piromya

15. The Color of Politics: Thailand’s Deep Crisis of Authority

Charles Keyes

16. Two Cheers for Rally Politics

Duncan McCargo

17. Thai Foreign Policy in Crisis: From Partner to Problem

Ann Marie Murphy

18. Thailand in Trouble: Revolt of the Downtrodden or Conflict among Elites?

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker

19. From Red to Red: An Auto-ethnography of Economic and Political Transitions in a Northeastern Thai Village

Pattana Kitiarsa

20. The Rich, the Powerful and the Banana Man: The United States’ Position in the Thai Crisis

Pavin Chachavalpongpun

21. The Social Bases of Autocratic Rule in Thailand

Craig J. Reynolds

22. The Strategy of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship on “Double Standards”: A Grand Gesture to History, Justice, and Accountability

David Streckfuss

23. No Way forward but Back? Re-emergent Thai Falangism, Democracy, and the New “Red Shirt” Social Movement

Jim Taylor

24. Flying Blind

Danny Unger

25. The Political Economy of Thailand’s Middle-Income Peasants

Andrew Walker

26. Royal Succession and the Evolution of Thai Democracy

Andrew Walker