atlas portrays Thailand's spatial structures and presents
the country's social and economic development in a territorial
context. The Kingdom of Thailand has undergone many changes
throughout its long history, and most recently during its
vigorous growth from the middle of the 1980s. The maps and
text give a comprehensive interpretation of Thailand's internal
dynamics as well as its regional and global integration.
This is the first atlas of its kind for Thailand. It includes
a wide range of spatial information and maps using various
computer-assisted techniques. Seventy plates of maps, accompanied
with commentary, cover significant topics such as: Thailand's
relation to the world-system, its place in Eastern Asia,
and its population, infrastructure, urban network, production,
income, education, intra-regional dynamics.
The volume brings together experts in a variety of fields
and methods. It will be a valuable tool for teachers and
students, planners and entrepreneurs - indeed, for anyone
eager to understand recent changes and prepare future diagnoses.
Doryane KERMEL-TORRÈS is geographer at the
French Institute of Research for Development (IRD, "Public
Intervention, Spaces, Societies" Reserarch Unit). She
has conducted projects in Thailand for several years, principally
related to the transition from agriculture to industry.
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