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The League of Nations International Opium Conference, Bangkok, 1931, on cover of 'Siam and the League of Nations', by River Books.

Siam and the League of Nations

Modernisation, Sovereignty and Multilateral diplomacy 1920-1940

By (author) Stefan Hell


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  • First in-depth study of Thai foreign relations in regard to the League of Nations using never before consulted primary sources
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The fight against human trafficking, improvements in public health, or combating the international drugs trade- these are some of the most pressing problems Thailand and the world are facing today. Remarkably, these topics were already high on the international political agenda over 80 years ago during colonial times, when the League of Nations, the United Nations’ predecessor, was created. This first in-depth study of Thai foreign relations in well over a decade traces how these and other policy areas brought Siam in contact with the League of Nations, after the kingdom had signed the Treaty of Versailles and became an original member of this first global body. Based on never before consulted primary sources in Thailand and Europe, this study unfolds the story of a unique relationship between the only independent country in Southeast Asia and the League during the inter-war period of 1920-1940. The book highlights both the importance of the League for the modernisation of Siam and the shaping of its foreign policies, as well as the intriguing role Siam played on the world stage in the early development of the multilateral political system we live in today.

River Books
24th Nov 2010
Paperback / softback
World excluding Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
236 mm x 171 mm
300 Pages
22 b&w
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