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Thailand - History

Thailand - History
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.06

     challenging words:    subcontinent, ruling, corruption, terrorism, scandal, unsuccessful, never-ending, greatly, constitutional, civilian, present-day, overthrow, prosperous, monarchy, democratic, democracy
     content words:    Southeast Asia, World War II, War II, Chuan Leekpai, International Monetary Fund, Although Thailand

Thailand - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman

1     Thailand has a unique culture and way of life that can be partly attributed to an interesting fact about its history. Thailand has never been taken over or colonized by another country. And what little power other countries may have held over Thailand in the past didn't last. This makes Thailand a unique place in Southeast Asia, since most other countries there were colonized.
2     Thailand hasn't always been called Thailand. Until 1939, it was called Siam. And many of Thailand's greatest changes have come since then. But the country's history goes back many hundreds of years.
3     The first known civilization in Siam was a group of Buddhists called Mons. The Mons lived in central Thailand. It is believed that they came from the nearby Indian subcontinent, bringing the Buddhist religion with them. During the 15th and 16th centuries, these Mons joined together with other people from around the region to form a government to rule the area.

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