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The Lost TerritoriesThailand's History of National Humiliation$
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Shane Strate

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838911

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838911.001.0001

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National Humiliation and Anti-Catholicism

National Humiliation and Anti-Catholicism

(p.64) 3 National Humiliation and Anti-Catholicism
The Lost Territories

Shane Strate

University of Hawai'i Press

The Thai state utilizes National Humiliation discourse to promote unity and identify enemies without and within. During the Franco-Thai border conflict, the Phibun government accused the Catholic Church of acting as a long-time agent of French imperialism within Thailand. From 1940-1944, Thai officials conducted a campaign of religious nationalism that attempted to remove Catholicism from the country. The state arrested clergyman, banned meetings, and allowed local mobs to attack parishioners and destroy church property. Propaganda leaflets stated that the Catholic Church had a history of undermining Thai sovereignty, and must be eliminated to preserve Thailand’s independence.

Keywords:   Anti-Catholicism, French imperialism, extra-territoriality, religious nationalism, Thai Blood party, Franco-Thai conflict, The Vatican

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