Coverart for item
The Resource In Buddha's company : Thai soldiers in the Vietnam War, Richard A. Ruth

In Buddha's company : Thai soldiers in the Vietnam War, Richard A. Ruth

Label
In Buddha's company : Thai soldiers in the Vietnam War
Title
In Buddha's company
Title remainder
Thai soldiers in the Vietnam War
Statement of responsibility
Richard A. Ruth
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Buddha[']s Company explores a previously neglected aspect of the Vietnam War: the experiences of the Thai troops who served there and the attitudes and beliefs that motivated them to volunteer. Thailand sent nearly 40,000 volunteer soldiers to South Vietnam to serve alongside the Free World Forces in the conflict, but unlike the other foreign participants, the Thais came armed with historical and cultural knowledge of the region. Blending the methodologies of cultural and military history, Richard Ruth examines the individual experiences of Thai volunteers in their wartime encounters with American allies, South Vietnamese civilians, and Viet Cong enemies. Ruth shows how the Thais were transformed by living amongst the modern goods and war machinery of the Americans and by traversing the jungles and plantations haunted by indigenous spirits. At the same time, Ruth argues, Thailand[']s ruling institutions used the image of volunteers to advance their respective agendas, especially those related to anticommunist authoritarianism. Drawing on numerous interviews with Thai veterans and archival material from Thailand and the United States, Ruth focuses on the cultural exchanges that occurred between Thai troops and their allies and enemies, presenting a Southeast Asian view of a conflict that has traditionally been studied as a Cold War event dominated by an American political agenda. The resulting study considers such diverse topics as comparative Buddhisms, alternative modernities, consumerism, celebrity, official memories vs. personal recollections, and the value of local knowledge in foreign wars. The war[']s effects within Thailand itself are closely considered, demonstrating that the war against communism in Vietnam, as articulated by Thai leaders, was a popular cause among nearly all segments of the population. Furthermore, Ruth challenges previous assertions that Thailand[']s forces were merely "America[']s mercenaries" by presenting the multiple, overlapping motivations for volunteering offered by the soldiers themselves. In Buddha[']s Company makes clear that many Thais sought direct involvement in the Vietnam War and that their participation had profound and lasting effects on the country[']s political and military institutions, royal affairs, popular culture, and international relations. As one of only a handful of academic histories of Thailand in the 1960s, it provides a crucial link between the keystone studies of the Phibun-Sarit years (1946[-]1963) and those examining the turbulent 1970s.47 illus., 2 maps --Book Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
LGG
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ruth, Richard A.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Southeast Asia--politics, meaning, and memory
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Thailand
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Thailand
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Politics and government
  • Soldiers
  • Thailand
  • Militärischer Einsatz
  • Vietnamkrieg
  • Thailand
Label
In Buddha's company : Thai soldiers in the Vietnam War, Richard A. Ruth
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-268) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1. Sawadi, Vietnam: Making the Queen's Cobras -- Chapter 2. Firing Up the Thai Public Sphere: Funerals, Cremations, and Other Celebrations -- Chapter 3. Muang PX: Encounters with Consumerism, Americanism, and the Early Arrival of Modernity in South Vietnam -- Chapter 4. Trading Magic for Modernity: Thai Contributions to the American Search for Invulnerability and Escape -- Chapter 5. Thai People Have No Enemies: Remembering Thai-Vietnamese Relationships in the War Zone -- Chapter 6. Fighting on the Metaphysical Landscapes of South Vietnam
Control code
ocn830023732
Extent
1 online resource (x, 275 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824860851
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
40018445324
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62p07d
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)830023732
Label
In Buddha's company : Thai soldiers in the Vietnam War, Richard A. Ruth
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-268) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1. Sawadi, Vietnam: Making the Queen's Cobras -- Chapter 2. Firing Up the Thai Public Sphere: Funerals, Cremations, and Other Celebrations -- Chapter 3. Muang PX: Encounters with Consumerism, Americanism, and the Early Arrival of Modernity in South Vietnam -- Chapter 4. Trading Magic for Modernity: Thai Contributions to the American Search for Invulnerability and Escape -- Chapter 5. Thai People Have No Enemies: Remembering Thai-Vietnamese Relationships in the War Zone -- Chapter 6. Fighting on the Metaphysical Landscapes of South Vietnam
Control code
ocn830023732
Extent
1 online resource (x, 275 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824860851
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
40018445324
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62p07d
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)830023732

Library Locations

    • Copley LibraryBorrow it
      5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA, 92110-2492, US
      32.771354 -117.193327
Processing Feedback ...