The compilation of this bibliographic guide — an on-again, off-again effort over about seven years — owes a great deal to a number of people. Many of the items were first collected in Bangkok and appeared in a prefatory Thai and English-language bibliography published by the National Institute of Development Administration in 1967 for circulation in Thailand: The Thai Government and its Setting: A Selective Annotated Bibliography. We are grateful to our colleagues at NIDA for their help in that effort, especially to Professors Pensri Vayavananda, Choop Karnjanaprakorn, and Amara Raksastaya. We are also grateful to Mrs. Barbara Schaaf, chief secretary of the MUCIA advisory group at NIDA, and to Professor Peter Bell, now at the University of British Columbia, for their contributions to that earlier volume.
We wish to thank also Professor M. Ladd Thomas, Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University, and Lee Dutton, Southeast Asian Librarian at Northern Illinois, for their generous counsel and help in making Thai materials at NIU available to us for the work at hand. Our thanks go, too, to Dr. Toshio Yatsushiro, former advisor to the Thai Department of Community Development, and to Khun Somporn Sangchai, a staff member of the AID-Bangkok research division, for their helpful suggestions and for copies of research publications; to Professor Charles F.Keyes, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, for his review of and contribution to the section on Socio-Cultural Characteristics of Contemporary Thailand; to Professor W. David Maxwell of the Indiana University Business School for his review of and contribution to the section on the Thai Economy and Economic Development; to Miss Joyce Smith, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, who assisted in the collection of materials; and to Professor Lauriston Sharp, who generously permitted us to make use of material from the Cornell Bibliography.
The editorial assistance of Mrs. Martha Wailes is gratefully acknowledged, along with the valuable advice of Mrs. Edith G. Albee and Mrs. Pamela Scheinman of the International Affairs Center Publications at Indiana University Press. The typing was done by Mrs. Kay Long, Mrs. Joan Singer, and Miss Karen Tkach, for whose patient forbearance we can only rejoice.
We also wish to acknowledge the financial assistance of Indiana University’s International Development Research Center which has helped make publication possible.