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南朝时期(公元650-1250)

 泰族人在中国南部,即现在的云南、广西和广东,建立了他们的国家。许多人向南移居到湄南河盆地,并在高棉帝国统治下的中央平原定居了下来,并可能接受了高棉帝国的文化。泰族人在约公元1238年时建立了独立的国家素可泰,标志着素可泰王朝的开端。

素可泰时期(公元1238-1378)

13世纪时泰族人开始成为这个地区的统治力量,并逐渐宣布从当时存在的高棉和孟王国独立出来。统治者称之为“幸福的黎明”,这也常常被认为是泰国历史的黄金时期,这是理想的泰国,物产丰富,君主像父亲般慈善,其中最著名国王的是兰甘杏大帝。然而在1350年,更加强大的大城对素可泰产生了巨大的影响。

大城时期(1350-1767)

大城的君主从一开始就接受了高棉文化的影响。他们不再是素可泰王朝时父亲般慈善、平易近人的君主,而是专制帝王,并采用devaraja(神王)的头衔。在这个时期的早期,大城的统治向邻近的泰公国扩张,并与其邻国发生冲突。17世纪时,暹罗开始同西方国家建立外交和商业关系。
  1767年,缅甸入侵成功攻陷了大城。尽管缅甸人取得了胜利,但是他们对暹罗的统治并没有维持多长时间。年轻的PhyaTaksin将军和他的随从突破了缅甸人的重围,逃到了尖竹汶(Chantaburi)。大城沦陷七个月后,他和他的军队乘船返回到都城,赶走了缅甸驻军,收复了大城。

吞武里时期(1767-1772)

著名的Taksin将军决定将都城从大城迁移到靠近海的地点,这样有利于对外贸易,保证武器的采购,并且万一缅甸重新进犯,便于防守和撤退。他在湄南河西岸的吞武里建立了新都城。Taksin的统治并不是一帆风顺的。大城沦陷后缺少中央权威导致王朝迅速瓦解,Taksin统一各府的统治覆灭了。
曼谷时期(1782至今)
Taksin死后,查库里将军成为查库里王朝的第一世国王,即拉玛一世,从1782年统治到1809年。他即位的第一项举措就是将王室都城从吞武里迁到河对岸的曼谷,并建造了大王宫。拉玛二世(1809-1824)继续修建工作。拉玛三世NangKlao国王(1824-1851)重新开始了同西方国家的联系,并发展同中国的贸易。“国王与我”中的拉玛四世Mongkut国王(1851-1868)与欧洲国家缔结条约,避免沦为殖民地,并建立了现代泰国。在他统治期间,开展了许多社会和经济改革。
  拉玛五世朱拉隆功(Chulalongkorn)国王(1869-1910)继承父亲进行改革,废除奴隶制,改进公共福利和行政制度。拉玛六世Vajiravudh国王(1910-1925)推行义务教育其他教育方面的改革。Prajadhipok国王(1925-1935)统治期间,泰国从君主专制政体转变为君主立宪政体。国王于1933年退位,由他的侄子AnandaMahidol国王继位(1935-1946)。国家由暹罗更名为泰国,1939年起实现民主政治制度。现任国王普密蓬?阿杜德(BhumibolAdulyadej)是查里库王朝的拉玛九世国王。

史前年代

史前年代

Fossilized remains of plants and animals have been discovered in many areas of Thailand, particularly in the Korat Plateau in northeastern Thailand. Most of the animal fossils found are of dinosaurs, which date primarily to the Jurassic era though some are from the late-Triassic, the oldest such evidence of dinosaurs in Southeast Asia.

The dinosaur bones encased in sandstone in the Phu Wiang hills of Khon Kaen province included Phuwiangosaurus sirindhornae, a gigantic plant-eating dinosaur that had a long neck and tail and a small head.

Four other species of dinosaur unearthed in Phu Wiang include Siamotyrannus isanensis, a smaller version of Tyrannosaurus rex, Siamosauraus suteethorni, a crocodile-like creature, Compsognathus, the world’s smallest dinosaur, and Ornithomimosaur, an ostrich-like dinosaur.

In nearby Chaiyaphum province two other new dinosaur species were discovered: Psittacosaurus sattayaraki, a parrot-billed dinosaur, and Isanosaurus attavipachi, which is similar to Phuwiangosaurus.

Homo erectus fossils have also been discovered in Thailand. Known as the Lampang man for its discovery in Lampang province, the remains have been dated to roughly 1,000,000 - 500,000 years ago in the Pleistocene Era.The first evidence of humans living in modern-day Thailand was discovered at Ban Chiang, near Udon Thani in northeastern Thailand; grave sites and artifacts including bronze tools and pottery provide evidence of a society that is thought to have had knowledge of rice cultivation and occupied the area continuously from 2100 to 200 BCE, spanning the Neolithic to the Iron Age.

Pre-Thai Kingdoms

Pre-Thai Kingdoms

Over the centuries leading up to the era of recorded history, Thailand was first peopled by Mon and Khmer groups and later by the Tai, an ethnic group that migrated from southern China to Vietnam and gradually into Laos and northern Thailand.

In the first millennium of the Common Era, Tai people had dispersed across Yunan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar fragmenting into various linguistic sub-sects. Relatively minor players in the region throughout this period, the Tai inhabited the northernmost reaches of Southeast Asia, sandwiched between the kingdoms of Nan Zhao, Pyu, and Angkor.

Beginning in around the 2nd century CE, the Srivijaya Empire of Sumatra expanded its reach up the Malaysian Peninsula into southern Thailand. Nakhon Si Thammarat and Chiaya, Surat Thani were founded during this period to facilitate trade across the Isthmus of Kra.

Around the 6th to the 9th centuries, the fertile central plains were inhabited by a Mon civilization known as Dvaravati. Distinct from its neighboring kingdoms of Chenla and Angkor, Dvaravati remains a mysterious civilization that established cities surrounded by moats and earthen walls, with Lopburi serving as an important religious center and Nakhon Pathom near Bangkok possibly its ‘capital’. While much is unknown about this realm, the Dvaravati had well established internal and external trading routes that were important to the development of Thailand and left a wealth of Buddhist artwork that testifies to the great influence Indian culture and religion had on the region.

From the 9th to the 11th centuries the Khmers of Angkor expanded their kingdom to include most of modern-day Thailand, with important provincial cities established at Phimai, Lopburi and even Nakhon Si Thammarat. Over several centuries many facets of the Khmer culture were imposed on/absorbed by the native population, which was becoming increasingly Tai as those populations migrated south. The temples at Phanom Rung, Phimai, and Lopburi are enduring testaments to this period of Thai history.

Throughout the reign of Angkor, Lopburi often asserted its independence and was clearly an important center for burgeoning Syam culture. The Chinese, who referred to emissaries from the region as representing “Hsien” or Siam (as it was apparently pronounced) documented a request from Lopburi requesting independence from Angkor as early as 1001.

In northern Thailand, Buddhist scholars from Lopburi founded a city-state known as Haripunjaya in Lamphun, northern Thailand around the 9th century (a Mon enclave that remained independent until the 13th century). Elsewhere in the north, the Tai people were fanning out and establishing their own city states, notably at Chiang Saen, where one of the first powerful Thai kingdoms, Lan Na, was originally established in the 12th century. The establishment of Lan Na, Sukhothai, and Phayao, three allied kingdoms founded by contemporary leaders, represents the beginning of the Thai history as we know it.

素可泰王朝 (公元1238-1438)

素可泰王朝 (公元1238-1438)

Thais began to emerge as a dominant force in the region in the 13th century, gradually asserting independence from existing Khmer and Mon kingdoms.  Founded by Khun Pha Muang and Khun Bang Klang Thao in 1238, the Kingdom was named by its rulers "the dawn of happiness".  The Sukhothai Period is often considered the golden era of Thai history, an ideal Thai state in a land of plenty governed by paternal and benevolent kings, the most famous of whom was King Ramkamhaeng the Great (c.1279-98), who greatly expanded the Kingdom’s borders.

In addition to developing some of the most beautiful Thai art, the Sukhothai Kingdom is credited with developing the modern Thai alphabet.  However, following the death of King Ramkamhaeng, the mightier state of Ayutthaya gradually exerted its influence over Sukhothai.

Following the death of King Ramkhamhaeng, the kingdom of Sukhothai rapidly declined and Lan Na expanded its influence over its neighboring kingdoms, many of which were former suzerains of Sukhothai.   In the middle of the 15th Century Lan Na arts and literature reached a pinnacle during the King Tilokoraj period.   However, after the king's death, Lan Na weakened due to internal conflicts and Chiang Mai fell under Burmese control around 1564; while the Burmese occupied the northern region for a few centuries, they did little development, using Chiang Mai as a military base from which to battle the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, a mighty kingdom in the central plains that was gradually exerting its influence from the mid 14 th century onwards.

大城王朝 (公元1350-1767)

大城王朝 (公元1350-1767)

The Ayutthaya kings adopted Khmer cultural influences from the very beginning. No longer the paternal and accessible rulers that the kings of Sukhothai had been, Ayutthaya's sovereigns were absolute monarchs and assumed the title devaraja (god-king). The early part of this period saw Ayutthaya extend its sovereignty over neighboring Thai principalities and come into conflict with its neighbors.  During the 17th century, Siam started diplomatic and commercial relations with western countries. In 1767, after repeated attempts, the Burmese invaded and successfully captured Ayutthaya.

Despite their overwhelming victory, the Burmese did not retain control of Siam for long. A young general named Phya Taksin and his followers broke through the Burmese lines and escaped to Chantaburi. Seven months after the fall of Ayutthaya, he and his forces sailed back up the Chao Phraya River to Ayutthaya and expelled the Burmese occupation garrison, though tragically the capital had been looted and nearly razed.

吞武里王朝 (1768-1782)

吞武里王朝 (1768-1782)

General Taksin, as he is popularly known, decided to transfer the capital from Ayutthaya to a site nearer to the sea, a move that would facilitate foreign trade, ensure the procurement of arms, and make defense and withdrawal easier in case of a renewed Burmese attack. He established his new capital at Thon Buri, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, opposite modern-day Bangkok. The rule of Taksin was not an easy one. The lack of central authority since the fall of Ayutthaya led to the rapid disintegration of the kingdom, and Taksin's reign was spent reuniting the provinces.

曼谷王朝 (1782至今)

曼谷王朝 (1782至今)

After Taksin's death, General Chakri (Rama I) became the first king of the Chakri Dynasty, ruling from 1782 to 1809. His first action as king was to transfer the royal capital across the river from Thon Buri to Bangkok and build the Grand Palace. Rama II (1809-1824) continued the restoration begun by his predecessor. King Nang Klao, Rama III (1824-1851) reopened relations with Western nations and established trade with China.

King Mongkut, Rama IV, (1851-1868) may have achieved western fame through the story "The King and I", but won the hearts of Thais for his accomplishments including the establishment of treaties with European countries, thus avoiding colonialization, and modernizing Thailand through many social and economic reforms. King Chulalongkorn, Rama V (1869-1910) continued his father's tradition of reform, abolishing slavery and improving the public welfare and administrative systems.

Educational reforms, including compulsory education, were introduced by King Vajiravudh, Rama VI (1910-1925). During the reign of King Prajadhipok, Rama VII (1925-1935), Thailand changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. The king abdicated in 1933 and was succeeded by his nephew, King Ananda Mahidol Rama VIII (1935-1946). The country's name was changed from Siam to Thailand with the advent of a democratic government in 1939. Our current monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (R. Jun. 9, 1946 - present), is King Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty.