A Tragic Tale of Two Thailands: A Honest Review on J. Sombatpoonsiri’s Report of Thai Political Polarization

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Bunkueanun Paothong
Napatsorn Saengdeuan


Thailand has been known to observers for decades to be a politically turbulent country since its revolution in 1932. From then onwards, the deepening divide between the aristocratic elites, and the democratic masses have become more apparent over the years. Such struggle, according to Janjira Sombatpoonsiri’s report on the subject, has exacerbated the polarization on both sides, dooming any reconciliatory efforts to failure over the years. This review will examine whether this report can represent the ideas and events, as well as occurring thoughts of Thai people during the turbulent period of Thai political history.

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Paothong, B., & Saengdeuan, N. (2021). A Tragic Tale of Two Thailands:: A Honest Review on J. Sombatpoonsiri’s Report of Thai Political Polarization. Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies, 7(1), 158–161. Retrieved from https://so03.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/HRPS/article/view/252364
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