Armée Du Peuple, Armée Du Roi: Les Militaires Face à La Société En Indonésie Et En Tha?lande
by Dubus, Arnaud; Nicolas Revise
About This Book
What is the function of the military in the Southeast Asian countries? For many years, the answer in Indonesia and Thailand was clear-cut: the military controlled political life and economic activity and its presence was felt in other areas of society. Since the 1990s, the armed forces in these two countries seemed to have returned largely to their traditional role as the champions of national defence. But is such a shift permanent? Is it even natural within societies in transition?
This book tries to provide answers to these questions and to fathom what the future of civilian-military relations in the region will turn out to be. The authors provide a step-by-step comparison of the history, ideology, composition and actual political, economic and cultural roles of the military in Indonesia and in Thailand that updates and goes beyond what had been written before the 1990s about the armed forces in each country. The authors have drawn on a wide variety of sources, from specialized archives to field interviews. Charts, photographs, and brief profiles of military leaders add value to this jargon-free and comprehensive comparative analysis of two of the biggest armed forces in Southeast Asia. In French.
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