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History Department

Richard A. Ruth


Thailand, Vietnam War, Southeast Asia, Buddhism

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  •   The United States Naval Academy
        107 Maryland Ave. 12-C
        Annapolis, MD 21402


  • Ph.D. - Cornell University (History)
  • M.A. - Cornell University (History)
  • M.A. - Cornell University (Asian Studies)
  • B.A. - Boston University (English Literature)


“Ham and Mothers: C-Ration Revelry and Revulsion in the Vietnam War,” by Richard A. Ruth, Journal of Military History 85:4 (October 2021)

“Prince Abhakara’s Experiences with Britain’s Royal Navy: Education, Geopolitical Rivalries and the Role of a Cretan Adventure in Apotheosis, SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia; Vol. 34, No. 1 (2019)

“War and Society in Southeast Asian History,” in David J Ulbrich and Matthew S. Muehlbauer, eds., The Routledge Global History of War and Society (Routledge, 2018)

Introduction to Paul T. Carter, CIA Secret Warriors: Thai Forward Air Guides in the U.S. War in Laos (Bangkok: Varanya Publishing, 2019)

"Why Thailand Takes Pride in the Vietnam War," Op-Ed essay in The New York Times (Nov. 7, 2017)

“The Secret of Seeing Charlie in the Dark: The Starlight Scope, Techno-anxiety, and the Spectral Mediation of the Enemy in the Vietnam War,” in Vulcan: The International Journal of the Social History of Military Technology (October 2017)

"Southeast Asia Since 1945,” “Srivija,” “Singapore,” “Boat People,” and “Piracy in Southeast Asia” entries in Stephen K. Stein, ed., The Sea in World History: Exploration, Travel, and Trade (ABC-CLIO, 2017)

“The Test of Vietnam,” in James C. Bradford, ed., American Sea Power and the World (John Wiley & Sons, 2016)

Memorializing Thailand’s ‘Separate Victory’ in the Vietnam War: An Official Argument for Triumph Made from the Losing Sidein Jennifer Good and Brigitte Lardinois, eds., Mythologizing the Vietnam War: Visual Culture and Mediated Memory (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014)

"Dressing for Modern War in Old-Fashioned Magic: Traditional Protective Charms of Thailand's Forces in the Vietnam War" in Julius Bautista (ed.), The Spirit of Things: Materiality and Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia (Ithaca, New York: Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2012) 

In Buddha's Company: Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War  (University Of Hawai'i Press, 2011)


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