A Special Relationship: The United States and Military by Daniel Fineman

By Daniel Fineman

The improvement of the Thai-American alliance from 1947 to 1958 dramatically reworked either international locations' involvement in Southeast Asia. Bounded through very important political occasions in Thailand, a military coup in 1947 and the military's assumption of entire keep an eye on of presidency in 1958, the interval witnessed either the entrenchment of authoritarian army govt in Thailand and a revolution in U.S.-Thai kin. in the course of those years the fashionable Thai political process emerged, and the us confirmed its curiosity and impact in mainland Southeast Asian affairs. The advancements of the interval made attainable American's later, extra huge, involvement in Indochina.

A detailed Relationship presents the main finished research of this serious founding interval of the Thai-American alliance. It finds mind-blowing new details on joint covert operations in Indochina, American aid for suppression of presidency rivals, and CIA involvement in Thai family politics.

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In 1947, Britain CH1 Page 32 Thursday, September 13, 2001 11:56 AM 32 l e a r n i n g to l i v e w i t h p h i bu n remained, as it had been for almost a century, the dominant economic power in Thailand. Although a much stronger currency and economy backed American businessmen, the British still enjoyed a number of advantages. The large British firms dwarfed all American operations in the country other than Standard Oil, and American entrepreneurs— most newcomers—lacked the experience, capital, and connections of well-established British companies.

The coup had succeeded not so much due to the strength of the Coup Group as from the failure of Pridi’s traditional supporters to come to Thamrong’s defense.

67 The liberal but strongly anticommunist Stanton also suspected that Pridi might seek communist support for his governments. 69 CH1 Page 35 Thursday, September 13, 2001 11:56 AM p re l u d e to t h e c o u p 35 Beginning in late 1946, Stanton began pushing for a more prominent political role for Seni, Khuang, and the Democrat Party. Although Stanton never explicitly mentioned his support for the Democrats in his dispatches, possibly indicating that he was acting without instructions from Washington, the subject appeared regularly in British correspondence.

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