A History of Laos

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 28, 1997 - History - 253 pages
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This authoritative and wide-ranging history focuses on the period from the founding of modern Laos as a French colony to its independence, involvement in the war in Vietnam, the formation of the communist republic, and the present authoritarian government. The author shows how the nationalist struggle for independence and unity was subverted by foreign intervention, and how the country has now resumed its traditional role as a neutral state in Southeast Asia. This book provides essential background on modern Laos and the challenges it now faces.
 

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Contents

The Kingdom of Lan Xang
6
French Laos 18931945
20
Independence and Unity 19451957
59
Neutrality Subverted 19581964
99
War and Revolution 19641975
135
The Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
168
Notes
209
Select Bibliography
232
Index
245
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