Year published :1999

Pages :144 pp.

Size :14x21 cm.

ISBN: 9789747551099

Thai Village Economy in the Past, The

by Chattip Nartsupa

Translated by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit

The Thai Village Economy in the Past is one of the classics of modern Thai history. Few books have excited so much interest or controversy. Through 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 syle 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. Chatthip's unique study has remained constantly in print, attracting readers beyond the limits of academe and historical study. It continues to excite supporters and infuriate critics today.

About the Author

Chatthip Nartsupha is Professor of Economic History at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Among his many publications are a pioneering study in Thai political economy with Suthy Prasartset, several works on village culture, and a project on the history and culture of the Tai outside Thailand. His current interest is the future of the Thai village.

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