Thailand occupies the western part of the Indochina peninsula and northern two third from the Malayan peninsula in Southeast Asia. It borders on Burma (Myanmar) in the North and the West, on Laos in the North and the northeast, on Kambodzhoy in the east and on Malaysia in the south. Thailand is approximately of the size of France.Form of government
Thais for the first time started settling in their present homeland in the 6th century, and by the end of the 13th eyelid governed mostly western region. Within the next 400 years they struggled with Cambodians in the east and with Burmans in the West from time to time. In Thailand earlier known as Siam, never was foreign colonization. In 1824 British caught the colonial base in the region, but by 1896 the Anglo-French agreement guaranteed to Thailand independence. Revolution in 1932 lowered a monarchy to the titled status and created the authorized government on the basis of universal suffrage.
From the beginning of World War II Japanese troops attacked Thailand. On December 8, 1941 after five hours of symbolical resistance Thailand "broke" near Japan, subsequently having become the base for Japanese campaign against Malaya. In July, 1944 after disintegration of a "Japanese" puppet government Thailand refused declaration of war which he was compelled to make in 1942 against England and the USA.
By the end of the 1960th years of a problem of the country substantially occurred from the conflicts which are humming in the next Cambodia and Vietnam. Though Thailand received 2 billion dollars from the American economic and military aid since 1950 and sent the troops (paid with the USA) to Vietnam, having allowed the American bases of bombers to be based on its territories, Youzhny's crash of Vietnam and Cambodia in the spring of 1975 brought fast changes in a diplomatic state of affairs of the country. At insistance of the Thai government in March, 1976 the USA agreed to withdraw all 23 thousand American military personnel who was in Thailand.
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