The Tragedy of Wanit: A Japanese Account of Wartime Thai Politics
A memoir of Thai politics at the outbreak of the Pacific War, written in the 1950s by Asada Shunsuke, a senior Japanese diplomat serving Bangkok during the critical pre-war period. The central figure is Wanit Pananon, a confidant of Thai Prime Minister Phibun and, until his arrest and death in mysterious circumstances in early 1944, a key figure in Thai-Japanese relations. Asada's memoir is published in both Japanese and an edited English translation, together with an introduction by Benjamin Batson and Shimizu Hajime which explains the historical context and discusses some of the implications of Asada's work.
Benjamin A. Batson was an American academic who specialized in 20th century Thai history.
Shimizu Hajime was attached to the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.
Publication Year: 1991
148 pages, 229mm x 153mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-246-7, Paperback
Journal of Southeast Asian Studies