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A Short History of Laos : The land in between - Grant Evans

A Short History of Laos

The land in between

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Laos, perhaps the least known country in mainland Southeast Asia, stands at the region's crossroads. This small 'land in between' is surrounded by China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma-countries that, in pre-modern times, provided Lao kings with a field for territorial expansion. But more often, Laos has been a bridge between these powerful neighbours, and an arena in which they and their allies have interfered...Here, Grant Evans brings Lao history vividly into focus. From ancient times when the dynastic states of the region waxed and waned, to the 20th century and the turmoil of independence from France and the Vietnam War and its aftermath, Evans traces the compelling story of the emergence of Laos as a modern nation. ..A Short History of Laos is an ideal introduction to Laos for travellers, businesspeople and students. For those familiar with Lao history, Evans investigates key events in new ways and presents serious challenges to conventional views about Laos' intriguing history. country's past.

Before Laos: Tai -- Lan Xang kingdom -- Rise and fall of Lan Xang -- Last of the warrior kings -- Luang Phrabang in the nineteenth century -- Lao and Siamese -- Le Laos Francais: Laos mapped -- La mission civilatrice -- Colonial administration -- Revolts -- C olonial society -- Nationalism -- Lao Issara movement -- End of colonialism -- Royal Lao government: 1950s; years of optimism -- American mission civilatrice -- Phu nyai politics -- Life under the Pather Lao -- Minorities -- War, and the destruction of the RLG: War years -- New society? -- Final coalition -- Lao People's Democratic Republic: Exodus -- Prison camps -- Hmong resistance -- National security -- Vietnam's mission civiliatrice -- Collectivisation -- Stabilisation -- Only one party -- Culture and society -- Minorities -- New economic contradictions -- One step forward, two steps backward -- Laos in the modern world: Region -- Diaspora -- History and nation.

ISBN: 9781741150537
ISBN-10: 1741150531
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st September 2002
Edition Number: 1