THAILAND: Geography and history

I’ve got a few little primer videos on Thailand, just to get a sense of the basics of geography and history.

This interesting little video below that argues that a contributing factor to the frequency of coups in Thailand is it’s geography (really, its demographics) – namely the over-dominance of Bangkok compared to any other municipality.

A brief look at the etymology of the name Thailand (as well as Siam), and the history of the country’s name – I knew it had switched from Siam to Thailand, but I didn’t know it had changed back for a two year stretch!

And a short overview of why Thailand was never colonized by European powers, that does point out that Thailand did lose a lot of territory to neighbouring French and British colonies, it’s only the remainder that kept it’s independence (but was occupied by Japan during WWII).

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