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Moments of Silence The Unforgetting of the October 6, 1976, Massacre in Bangkok

Moments of Silence The Unforgetting of the October 6, 1976, Massacre in Bangkok

Author: Thongchai Winichakul Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

The massacre on October 6, 1976, in Bangkok was brutal and violent, its savagery unprecedented in modern Thai history. Four decades later there has been no investigation into the atrocity; information remains limited, the truth unknown. There has been no collective coming to terms with what happened or who is responsible. Thai society still refuses to confront this dark page in its history. Moments of Silence focuses on the silence that surrounds the October 6 massacre. Silence, the book argues, is not forgetting. Rather it signals an inability to forget or remember-or to articulate a socially meaningful memory. It is the unforgetting, the liminal domain between remembering and forgetting. Historian Thongchai Winichakul, a participant in the events of that day, gives the silence both a voice and a history by highlighting the factors that contributed to the unforgetting amidst changing memories of the massacre over the decades that followed. They include shifting political conditions and context, the influence of Buddhism, the royal-nationalist narrative of history, the role played by the monarchy as moral authority and arbiter of justice, and a widespread perception that the truth might have devastating ramifications for Thai society. The unforgetting impacted both victims and perpetrators in different ways. It produced a collective false memory of an incident that never took place, but it also produced silence that is filled with hope and counter-history. Moments of Silence tells the story of a tragedy in Thailand-its victims and survivors-and how Thai people coped when closure was unavailable in the wake of atrocity. But it also illuminates the unforgetting as a phenomenon common to other times and places where authoritarian governments flourish, where atrocities go unexamined, and where censorship (imposed or self-directed) limits public discourse. The tensions inherent in the author's dual role offer a riveting story, as well as a rare and intriguing perspective. Most of all, this provocative book makes clear the need to provide a place for past wrongs in the public memory.

Moments of Silence The Unforgetting of the October 6, 1976, Massacre in Bangkok

Moments of Silence The Unforgetting of the October 6, 1976, Massacre in Bangkok

Author: Thongchai Winichakul Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2020

The massacre on October 6, 1976, in Bangkok was brutal and violent, its savagery unprecedented in modern Thai history. Four decades later there has been no investigation into the atrocity; information remains limited, the truth unknown. There has been no collective coming to terms with what happened or who is responsible. Thai society still refuses to confront this dark page in its history. Moments of Silence focuses on the silence that surrounds the October 6 massacre. Silence, the book argues, is not forgetting. Rather it signals an inability to forget or remember-or to articulate a socially meaningful memory. It is the unforgetting, the liminal domain between remembering and forgetting. Historian Thongchai Winichakul, a participant in the events of that day, gives the silence both a voice and a history by highlighting the factors that contributed to the unforgetting amidst changing memories of the massacre over the decades that followed. They include shifting political conditions and context, the influence of Buddhism, the royal-nationalist narrative of history, the role played by the monarchy as moral authority and arbiter of justice, and a widespread perception that the truth might have devastating ramifications for Thai society. The unforgetting impacted both victims and perpetrators in different ways. It produced a collective false memory of an incident that never took place, but it also produced silence that is filled with hope and counter-history. Moments of Silence tells the story of a tragedy in Thailand-its victims and survivors-and how Thai people coped when closure was unavailable in the wake of atrocity. But it also illuminates the unforgetting as a phenomenon common to other times and places where authoritarian governments flourish, where atrocities go unexamined, and where censorship (imposed or self-directed) limits public discourse. The tensions inherent in the author's dual role offer a riveting story, as well as a rare and intriguing perspective. Most of all, this provocative book makes clear the need to provide a place for past wrongs in the public memory.

The Attack on Troy

The Attack on Troy

Author: Rodney Castleden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

3300 years ago Agamemnon, king of Mycenae in Greece, attacked the city of Troy in western Anatolia. The bloody siege that followed gave rise to one of the most famous legends of the ancient world, and the search for the truth behind the legend has intrigued scholars ever since. In this fascinating new investigation Rodney Castleden reconsiders all the evidence in order to establish the facts and give a historical basis to the most potent myth of ancient warfare.

Understanding the Korean Peninsula

Understanding the Korean Peninsula

Author: Jian Zhang Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2020

The circumstances of the Korean peninsula are always mystical to those outside of Korea, especially westerners. This book outlines the historical review of the Korean Peninsula from its division into the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and South Korea to the present day. This should attract the interest of a variety of audiences. Although its core readership should be academicians, political elites and students of Korean studies, it will also inspire the interest of academics studying the history of Northeast Asia and Pacific areas. Because of the nature of the topic, this research may be of interest to people who love to explore the issues of conflicts in the Korean peninsula. This book seeks to make three main contributions: First, it provides the first account of the historical review in the Korean peninsula since the Kingdom of Lee to Kim. Secondly, this book clarifies the unique characteristics of the governments in Democratic People's Republic of Korea and South Korea. Specifically, it combines the thoughts of local scholars and the thinking outside of Korea. Thirdly, it combines an understanding of localism with the aspect of developmental state theory and uses them to construct a theory of state transformation with Korean characteristics.

Invincible and Righteous Outlaw The Korean Hero Hong Gildong in Literature, History, and Culture

Invincible and Righteous Outlaw The Korean Hero Hong Gildong in Literature, History, and Culture

Author: Minsoo Kang Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

One of the most important and popular premodern Korean novels, The Story of Hong Gildong is a fast-paced adventure story about the illegitimate son of a nobleman who becomes the leader of a band of honest outlaws who take from the rich and punish the corrupt. Despite the importance of the work to Korean culture - it is often described as the story of the Korean Robin Hood - studies of the novel have been hindered by a number of myths, namely that it was authored in the early sixteenth century by statesman Heo Gyun, who wrote it not only in protest of Joseon-dynasty laws on the rights of illegitimate children, but also as a manifesto of his own radical political ideas. In Invincible and Righteous Outlaw, the first book-length study of the novel in English, Minsoo Kang reveals that The Story of Hong Gildong was most likely written by an anonymous mid-nineteenth-century writer whose primary concern was appealing to the increasing number of readers in the late Joseon looking to be entertained and that the myth of Heo's authorship can be traced to the writing of literary scholar Kim Taejun in the 1930s. Following a detailed examination of the history and literary significance of the novel - including analysis based on Eric Hobsbawm's work on the universal figure of the noble robber - Kang surveys the many afterlives of the hero Hong Gildong, who throughout the decades has appeared and reappeared in countless revisionist novels, films, television dramas, and comics, even inspiring the creation of a Hong Gildong theme park in South Korea. He shows how the story was altered, distorted, and reinvigorated during and after the Japanese colonial period in both the North and the South for political, social, and literary purposes. While demonstrating the continued relevance of the novel and its hero in Korean culture up to the present day, Kang makes it clear that such narratives have served mostly to distance readers from a better understanding of this classic work.

China Briefing, 1982

China Briefing, 1982

Author: Richard C. Bush Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

This book provides a brief overview of events in the People's Republic of China (PRC) since mid-1981. It includes essays that focus on underlying trends and key issues in the PRC and the island of Taiwan. The book is useful for business executives, tourists, and students.

Burma In Revolt Opium And Insurgency Since 1948

Burma In Revolt Opium And Insurgency Since 1948

Author: Bertil Lintner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

This book explains how Burma's booming drug production, insurgency, and counter-insurgency interrelate-and why the country has been unable to shake off thirty years of military rule and build a modern, democratic society.

India Briefing, 1991

India Briefing, 1991

Author: Philip Oldenburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

This book examines India's perception of its international role in relation to post-Cold War global realignment, describes social and literary movements among India's Untouchables, and reviews the ongoing struggle over Kashmir. It presents comprehensive analyses of politics and the economy.

Contemporary Problems Of Pakistan

Contemporary Problems Of Pakistan

Author: J. Henry Korson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

This book considers the range of social, political, and economic problems of Pakistan. It analyzes the country's attempts to control explosive population growth and cope with a flood of Afghan refugees as well as to deal with the demands for education, women's rights, and greater democracy.

Grunt Slang in Vietnam Words of the War

Grunt Slang in Vietnam Words of the War

Author: Gordon L. Rottman Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The slang, the unique vocabulary of the soldiers and Marines serving in Vietnam was a mishmash of words and phrases reaching back to the Korean War, World War II, and even earlier. At the same time it used words and phrases reflecting the country's changing protest culture at home, ideological and poetical doctrine, ethical and cultural conflicts, and racialism and the drug culture. The slanguage in Vietnam was made even more complex by the Pidgin Vietnamese-English used by Americans and Vietnamese alike. American culture and society were changing rapidly and drastically at home and this bled into Vietnam. In the jungles, swamps, and hills of Vietnam soldier and marine slang also followed the traditional path of what was important to their daily lives: their leaders, the harsh environment, food, uniforms, weapons, equipment, and how they fought and lived in the country.

Rise of a Japanese Chinatown Yokohama, 1894-1972

Rise of a Japanese Chinatown Yokohama, 1894-1972

Author: Eric C. Han Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2020

Rise of a Japanese Chinatown is the first English-language monograph on the history of a Chinese immigrant community in Japan. It focuses on the transformations of that population in the Japanese port city of Yokohama from the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 to the normalization of Sino-Japanese ties in 1972 and beyond. Eric C. Han narrates the paradoxical story of how, during periods of war and peace, Chinese immigrants found an enduring place within a monoethnic state. This study makes a significant contribution to scholarship on the construction of Chinese and Japanese identities and on Chinese migration and settlement. Using local newspapers, Chinese and Japanese government records, memoirs, and conversations with Yokohama residents, it retells the familiar story of Chinese nation building in the context of Sino-Japanese relations. But it builds on existing works by directing attention as well to non-elite Yokohama Chinese, those who sheltered revolutionary activists and served as an audience for their nationalist messages. Han also highlights contradictions between national and local identifications of these Chinese, who self-identified as Yokohama-ites (hamakko) without claiming Japaneseness or denying their Chineseness. Their historical role in Yokohama's richly diverse cosmopolitan past can offer insight into a future, more inclusive Japan.

Aligarh's First Generation Muslim Solidarity in British India

Aligarh's First Generation Muslim Solidarity in British India

Author: David Lelyveld Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2020

This book explores the nature of Muslim cultural identity in India in the nineteenth century, and the changes it underwent, in the context of colonial rule. The author examines the history of the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College (Aligarh Muslim University) during the first twenty-five years of its existence, the period when the first generation of Muslims educated in English graduated from this college.