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Baker, Christopher John 1948-

Works: 75 works in 365 publications in 1 language and 6,373 library holdings
Genres: History  Local history  Military history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Sources  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Illustrator, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by Christopher John Baker
A history of Thailand by Christopher John Baker( Book )

50 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is the first new history of Thailand in English for two decades. Drawing on new Thai-language research, it ranges widely over political, economic, social, and cultural themes." "Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit reveal how a world of mandarin nobles and unfree labour evolved into a rural society of smallholder peasants and an urban society populated mainly by migrants from southern China. They trace how a Buddhist cosmography adapted to new ideas of time and space, and a traditional polity was transformed into a new nation-state under a strengthened monarchy." "The authors cover the contests between urban nationalists, ambitious generals, communist rebels, business politicians, and social movements to control the nation-state and redefine its purpose. They describe the dramatic changes wrought by a booming economy, globalization, and the evolution of mass society. Finally, they show how Thailand's path is still being contested by those who believe in change from above and those who fight for democracy and liberal values."--Jacket
Thailand, economy and politics by Pasuk Phongpaichit( Book )

34 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the last few years, Thailand has emerged as one of the world's most dynamic economies. Yet Thailand is still little known and sparsely written about. This book is the first full-length overview of Thailand's economy and politics. It is based on a wide range of sources in both Thai and English. Its focus is on the second half of the twentieth century, set in a deeper historical context of Siam in the Bangkok era. It plots the transition from rice economy to emerging industrial power, and from absolutist monarchy to one of Asia's most open and lively democracies. The book will be useful for students, interesting for the general reader, and challenging for specialists
The politics of South India, 1920-1937 by Christopher John Baker( Book )

15 editions published between 1975 and 2008 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The interwar years witnessed great changes in the political life of India, with the establishment of new governmental institutions, the emergence of political movements based on class, caste and ideology, and the rapid expansion of the nationalist campaign. This book looks at the complex of political changes during this crucial and formative period in the Madras Presidency, the largest but often the most neglected province of British India. Among the many strands of political life and behaviour which Dr Baker studies are the non-Brahman movement, peasant agitations, caste movements and the rise of the Indian National Congress to a position of undisputed primacy in the region. Making use of hitherto unresearched materials Dr Baker attempts the first overall study of the political process and the dynamics of political change in the province. The book may also be seen as a case-study of political change in a late-colonial society
Thailand's crisis by Pasuk Phongpaichit( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a review of what the IMF did, who got hurt, what worked and what failed in the economic and social management of Thailand's economic crisis. It shows how political change got bound up with economic crisis, resulting in a new constitution, a seismic shift in the political landscape and greater asssertiveness by civil society. It examines how the economic turmoil changed the ways people reacted to political scandal, viewed their own society and imagined their future. The final chapters review the changes and lessons from 1997-2000 and speculate on how these changes will frame the future
Thaksin : the business of politics in Thailand by Pasuk Phongpaichit( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He made a fortune of two billion US dollars in four years. He was elected prime minister by a landslide. He escaped conviction for corruption by a sliver. He believes he can take Thailand into the first world in eight years by running the country like a company." "To some, he is Thailand's best premier ever, and a new leader for Asia. To others he is a threat to democracy, human rights, public morality, and the rule of law." "This first study of Thaksin Shinawatra in English looks at where he comes from, how he made his money, what he is trying to do, and what his impact is on Thailand's economy, society, and democracy."--Jacket
An Indian rural economy, 1880-1955 : the Tamilnad countryside by Christopher John Baker( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thailand's boom and bust by Pasuk Phongpaichit( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Completely revised since its first publication in 1996, this book is about the transformation of a country over one roller-coaster decade. It is about the economics of boom and bust, but also about politics, social changes, and popular culture
South India : political institutions and political change, 1880-1940 by Christopher John Baker( Book )

16 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of Ayutthaya : Siam in the early modern world by Christopher John Baker( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Early European visitors placed Ayutthaya alongside China and India as the great powers of Asia. Yet in 1767 the city was destroyed and its history has been neglected. This book is the first study of Ayutthaya from its emergence in the thirteenth century until its fall. It offers a wide-ranging view of social, political, and cultural history with focus on commerce, kingship, Buddhism, and war. By drawing on a wide range of sources including chronicles, accounts by Europeans, Chinese, Persians, and Japanese, law, literature, art, landscape, and language, the book presents early Siam as a 'commercial' society, not the peasant society usually assumed. Baker and Phongpaichit attribute the fall of the city not to internal conflict or dynastic decline but failure to manage the social and political consequences of prosperity. This book is essential reading for all those interested in the history of Southeast Asia and the early modern world"--Provided by publisher
Thai capital : after the 1997 crisis( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the challenges faced by young Muslim female athletes from Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia in competitive sports. After presenting a valuable socio-historical survey of the Malay world before, during, and after colonization, the author focuses in on contemporary social dynamics, including the emergence of Muslim women competing at the international level
Unequal Thailand : aspects of income, wealth, and power( )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extreme inequalities in income,wealth and power lie behind Thailand's political turmoil. What are the sources of this inequality? Why does it persist, or even increase when the economy grows? How can it be addressed? The contributors to this important study-Thai scholars, reformers and civil servants-shed light on the many dimensions of inequality in Thailand, looking beyond simple income measures to consider land ownership, education, finance, business structures and politics. The contributors propose a series of reforms in taxation, spending and institutional reform that can address growing inequality. Inequality is among the biggest threats to social stability in Southeast Asia, and this close study of a key Southeast Asian country will be relevant to regional policy-makers, economists and business decision-makers, as well as students of oligarchy and inequality more generally
The Thai village economy in the past by Chatthip Nartsupha( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Thai Village Economy in the Past is one of the classics of modern Thai history. Few books have provoked so much interest or controversy. Though the theme of the book is deceptively simple--that the Thai rural economy was a subsistence economy and remained so much longer than is commonly thought--the message of the book has proved far from simple. Chatthip has written the history of the village from the viewpoint of the village, making it one of the key texts of the "community culture" movement and rural revival. Much of the book's appeal stems from its straightforward style and startling ideas. The village existed before capitalism and before the state. It has its own culture which owes little to urban influence. It took the Buddhism that came from outside and subordinated it to local beliefs. Constantly in print since its first publication in 1984, it is now available in English for the first time. Chatthip Nartsupha is professor of economic history at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
The tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Siam's folk epic of love, war, and tragedy The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen is one of the most famous works of old Thai literature. The plot is a love story, set against a background of war, and ending in high tragedy. This folk epic was first developed in oral form for popular performance with lashings of romance, adventure, violence, farce, and magic. It was later adopted by the Siamese court and written down, with two kings contributing. This first-ever translation is based on Prince Damrong's standard edition of 1917-18, with over a hundred passages recovered from earlier versions. The English translation is written in lively prose, completely annotated, with over four hundred original line drawings and an afterword explaining the work's historical background, social context, and poetic style. The main volume presents the entire poem in translation. The companion volume contains alternative chapters and extensions, Prince Damrong's prefaces, and reference lists of Thai terms
Recalling local pasts : autonomous history in Southeast Asia( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The palace law of Ayutthaya and the Thammasat : law and kingship in Siam( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book contains the first academic translations of key legal texts from the Ayutthaya era (1351-1767), along with an essay on the role of law in Thai history. The legal history of Southeast Asia has languished because few texts are accessible in translation. The Three Seals Code is a collection of Thai legal manuscripts surviving from the Ayutthaya era. The Palace Law, probably dating to the late fifteenth century, was the principal law on kingship and government. The Thammasat, a descendant of India's dharmasastra, stood at the head of the Code and gave it authority. Here these two key laws are presented in English translation for the first time along with detailed annotations and analyses of their content --Back cover
Van Vliet's Siam by Jeremias van Vliet( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The most detailed and fascinating account of old Siam was written by Dutch merchant Jeremias Van Vliet between 1636 and 1640 in four works: the earliest surviving chronicle of Siam's history; a wide-ranging description of the kingdom's geography, economy, society, politics, and religion; a blow-by-blow account of a bloody struggle over the crown; and the Dutchman's day-by-day diary during a crisis. Here they appear together in English translation for the first time."--BOOK JACKET
Pen and sail : literature and history in early Bangkok including the history of Bangkok in the chronicles of Ayutthaya by Nithi ʻĪeosīwong( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nidhi Eoseewong is the most innovative, famed, and controversial Thai historian of his generation. This book founded his reputation. On its first appearance in Thai, he was immediately hailed as "a major historian, the most capable of the present era."" "Pen and Sail combines intellectual history and economic history. Nidhi argues that the emergence of a market economy in the early Bangkok era (1782-1855) was the driving force behind a major change in mentality and worldview seen in poetry, early prose works, biographies of the Buddha, scripts for chanting the Jataka tales, language primers, manuals of behavior, and revisions of the royal chronicles." "Nidhi aimed not only to rewrite Siam's nineteenth-century history, but to wrestle the study of history and literature away from the conservative old guard. This ambition provoked both passionate support and angry criticism."--BOOK JACKET
Thailand's boom! by Pasuk Phongpaichit( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On economic development in Thailand
Annotated bibliography on the Mekong by Charnvit Kasetsiri( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The message bearers : the nationalist politics and the entertainment media in South India, 1880-1945 by S. Theodore Baskaran( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A history of Thailand
Thailand, economy and politicsThe politics of South India, 1920-1937Thailand's crisisThaksin : the business of politics in ThailandAn Indian rural economy, 1880-1955 : the Tamilnad countrysideThailand's boom and bustSouth India : political institutions and political change, 1880-1940Thai capital : after the 1997 crisis
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Baker, C. J.

Baker, C. J. 1948-

Baker, C. J. (Christopher John), 1948-

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Chris Baker britischer Historiker und Publizist

Chris Baker Brits historicus

Chris Baker historiador británico

Крис Бэйкер

کریس بیکر تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

คริส เบเคอร์

베이커, 크리스 1948-

베이커, 크리스토퍼 존 1948-

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