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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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The Birth of National Humiliation Discourse

The Birth of National Humiliation Discourse

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The Lost Territories

Shane Strate

University of Hawai'i Press

Thai leaders first articulated the full narrative of National Humiliation during the border conflict with French Indochina in the 1940s. Building on earlier efforts to end the unequal treaties, the Phibun government argued that a revision of its borders was necessary to achieve complete independence. The state produced and distributed maps depicting “the lost territories,” an imagined geographical space that helped transformed the loss of 1893 from a cause of royal embarrassment into a source of national shame. By focusing the public’s attention on past grievances, the state disguised its neo-imperialist agenda as a campaign to liberate Thailand’s colonized neighbors.

Keywords:   lost territories, Phibun Songkhram, Franco-Thai Conflict, irredentism, National Humiliation, border conflict

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