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This authoritative and wide-ranging 1997 history traces events in this little-known country from ancient monarchy, through its establishment as a French colony, to independence in 1953, the People's Democratic Republic, and the present one-party authoritarianism. The book highlights Laos' complex and shifting political alliances. The struggle for independence from France was followed by a struggle for unity and neutrality in the face of persistent foreign intervention, as the country was drawn into the war in Vietnam. Only with the end of the Cold War and the withdrawal of Vietnamese troops has Laos been able to reassert its neutral foreign policy and develop a market economy. This book is an impressive political, social, cultural and economic history. It will be essential for anyone wanting to understand Laos as it joins ASEAN, faces great economic challenges and struggles to maintain its cultural identity.Read more
- First general history of modern Laos from French colonial times to the present communist regime
- Covers the struggle to achieve territorial unity and neutrality, highlighting the impact of the Vietnamese War and the Cold War and attempts to devlop a market economy
- Offers interpretation of Lao history in terms of development of Lao national identity
- Laos is about to join ASEAN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations
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'Stuart-Fox's A History of Laos is, without much doubt, the definitive historical text on the country. There are other texts, but none is as comprehensive, as detailed, as knowledgeable, or as well written as Stuart-Fox's contribution.' Asian Studies Association of Australia
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- Date Published: December 1997
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521597463
- length: 272 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The kingdom of Lan Xang
2. French Laos
3. Independence and unity
4. Neutrality subverted
5. War and revolution
6. The Lao People's Democratic Republic.
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