Tag Archives: Absolute monarchy

Thai Military Declares Martial Law


Thai Military Declares Martial Law

When news broke that Thailand’s military leaders had declared martial law amid escalating violence between government supporters and opposition groups, many wondered whether they were witnessing the beginnings of the country’s 19th attempted coup since the end of absolute monarchy there in 1932. Thus far, the army has denied that this is so, insisting that its imposition of martial law is merely an effort to “preserve order and bring back peacefulness.” However, government ministers were not notified in advance of the military’s plans, raising the suspicions of some. More… Discuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: CHAKRI DAY


Chakri Day

Chakri Day is a national holiday in Thailand to commemorate the enthronement of Rama I, who founded the Chakri Dynasty in 1782. He was born Chao Phraya Chakri in 1737 and had become Thailand’s leading general when a palace coup took place in Thon Buri. The dynasty he established has headed the country to this day, although the end of absolute monarchy came in 1932. The king was given the title Rama after his death. Ceremonies on April 6 honor his deeds and the founding of Bangkok as the capital. More… Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: FREDERICK VII OF DENMARK (1808)


Frederick VII of Denmark (1808)

The last absolute monarch of Denmark, if only for the first year of his reign, Frederick VII faced popular demonstrations calling for political reforms almost as soon as he ascended the throne. He acceded to many of the demands, appointing a liberal ministry, renouncing absolute rule, and adopting a representative government, but he rejected a proposal to cede a portion of Schleswig to Prussia. His position on this issue eventually led to war with Prussia. What was the popular king’s motto? More… Discuss