The implicit contention that historians of Thailand, along with Thai intellectuals more broadly, have neglected the fact that both Pridi Phanomyong
and some of his fellow plotters of the overthrow of Siam's absolute monarchy in 1932 studied in France rather than simply in "the West" (p.
, while he was Minister of the Interior (1934-35), also visited the school.
For examples of these recent covers, see Sathian Janthimaathon, Jonayut nai mueng (Urban guerilla warfare) (Bangkok: Matichon, 2006); Manuun Nuusong, The South of Thailand Crisis: Panhaaa 3 changwat chaidaen phaktai (The problem of the three southern provinces) (Bangkok: Amrinot, 2005); Saengphaechon, Rat Patani: fai tai mai kheuy dap (The state of Patani: The southern fire has never been extinguished) (Bangkok: Wan Chana, 2005); Pridi Phanomyong
and Suphot Daantrakun, Sataanakan fai tai (The situation of the southern fire) (Bangkok: Institute for Social Science [Thailand], 2004).
He complied with the provisional constitution, which was largely drafted by Nai Pridi Phanomyong
, who was professor of law at Chulalongkorn University as well as leader of the People's Party.
Thus while Khuang publicly supported the Japanese, another member of the elite, Pridi Phanomyong
, secretly opened contacts with the Americans, British, and Chinese.
Before he was evicted in the 1947 coup the progressive Prime Minister Pridi Phanomyong
had restored the country's traditional name, thus stressing the rights of the minorities as well as of the ethnic Thai.
(1900-1983) was the only other Thai ever to have held this title.
A number of them had worked directly with the Seri Thai or Free Thai movement run by Pridi Phanomyong
and dominated by ethnic Lao from Isan such as Tieng and Thongin.
A period of fairly radical rule by the law professor Pridi Phanomyong
followed, leading to a royalist counter-revolution and then an army counter-coup against the royalists.
created Thammasat University as a legal entity independent of the Ministry of Education.
For example, his depiction of Pridi Phanomyong
, one of his villains, is both simplistic and antagonistic.
Her arguments will resonate with most students of Thai political history, though many would perhaps take issue with her generally sceptical stance towards Pridi Phanomyong
(1900-83), who is lionized in Thai liberal circles for his contribution to the country's democracy.