Modern Monarchs and Democracy: Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej and Juan Carlos of Spain

@article{naldi2012ModernMA,
  title={Modern Monarchs and Democracy: Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej and Juan Carlos of Spain},
  author={Serhat {\"U}naldi},
  journal={Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs},
  year={2012},
  volume={31},
  pages={34 - 5}
}
  • Serhat Ünaldi
  • Published 1 June 2012
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs
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