Peter Smith

Publications, Lectures and Other Stuff

A Message to My Former Students

One of the greatest pleasures of teaching at Mahidol (for over 30 years now) has been the opportunity to meet a lot of really great students and in some cases … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

3 Recent Baha’i Studies Publications

1. Peter Smith. ‘The Baha’i Faith: Distribution Statistics, 1925–1949‘. Journal of Religious History. doi: 10.1111/1467-9809.12207 (Published 26 Nov 2014). Electronic early view presently available at Print copy available later. 2. Peter Smith. ‘Babi–Baha’i … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Middle East, c.1789-c.1945

MUIC title: ICSO 239. The Middle East since 1800. A lecture course by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Peter Smith. Description: A short overview of the Middle East from c. 1789 up to … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

5 Classic Accounts in Social Psychology

How and Why We Lie to Ourselves: Cognitive Dissonance [Festinger & Carlsmith, 1959]   War, Peace and the Role of Power in Sherif’s Robbers Cave Experiment [1961]   … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life

Two recent studies further support the idea that some experiences in early childhood help shape adult life: ‘Tthe type of emotional support that a child receives during the first three … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Nine Sovereigns at Windsor for the funeral of King Edward VII

This is a famous photogrpah of the 9 European sovereigns who came to pay their respects at the funeral of Edward VII. The photograph is dated May 1910 — just … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment


I often see Facebook cards which distinguish between a ‘boss’ and a ‘leader’ – with the leader being portrayed as someone who inspires and helps those who work for him/her, … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment