Ontological Security and Status-Seeking: Thailand’s Proactive Behaviours during the Second World War, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Ontological Security and Status-Seeking

Thailand’s Proactive Behaviours during the Second World War, 1st Edition

By Peera Charoenvattananukul

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How and why was it possible for a small state such as Thailand to challenge great powers France and Japan during the Second World War?

Putting ontological security theory into dialogue with status seeking approaches, Charoenvattananukul uses a case study of Thailand in the early 1940s to interrogate the dynamics and logic of a small state foreign policy. During this period, Thailand’s foreign policy can appear to be surprising, if viewed through a lens of survival imperatives which would assume that passivity towards more powerful states is the optimal policy. As the majority of states are small- and medium-sized it is very important to understand the imperatives that drive such states, especially in their interactions with great powers.

In applying these frameworks to a small state, this book makes a unique and valuable contribution to the field of international relations theory. It will also be of great interest to scholars of twentieth century Thai history and of the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Abbreviations

Acknowledgements

Note on Names and Transcription

PART I: INTRODUCTION AND THEORY

1. CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION

2. CHAPTER 2 ONTOLOGICAL SECURITY, STIGMATISATION, TRAUMA, AND STATUS

PART II: THE ORIGINS OF THAILAND’S SENSE OF ONTOLOGICAL INSECURITY

3. CHAPTER 3 LATECOMER: SIAM AND THE QUEST FOR CIVILISATION

4. CHAPTER 4 INTEREST, STATUS ANXIETY, AND STATUS SEEKING

PART III: THAILAND’S TWO GAMBITS

5. CHAPTER 5 BEATING GOLIATH FOR PRESTIGE: THAILAND’S WAR WITH FRANCE

6. CHAPTER 6 ALLIANCE ANXIETY: THAILAND’S SEARCH FOR RECOGNITION FROM JAPAN

7. CHAPTER 7 CONCLUSION

Index 

About the Author

Peera Charoenvattananukul is a lecturer in the Department of International Affairs at the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Thailand

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS048000
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies