The History of Laos

History of Laos

Last Century of Lao Royalty, The: A Documentary History

Indochina’s Refugees: Oral Histories from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

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The Last Century of Lao Royalty: A Documentary HistoryThe Last Century of Lao Royalty: A Documentary History
by Grant Evans
Published by: Silkworm Books, 2011

Lao royalty’s engagement in all the major events of the country in the last century forms a rich and complex narrative. But with the 1975 Communist revolution this history fell into oblivion and has all but disappeared from public memory.

The Last Century of Lao Royalty recovers this history….

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Indochina's Refugees: Oral Histories from Laos, Cambodia and VietnamIndochina’s Refugees: Oral Histories from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
by Joanna Catherine Scott
Published by: Silkworm Books, 2011

This poignant collection of oral histories tells the stories of nine Laotians, four Cambodians and nine Vietnamese: what their lives were like before 1975, what happened after the Communist takeover that made them decide to flee their native countries, and how they escaped. The storytellers create a broad and moving picture of the new realities of contemporary Indochina.

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Before the Quagmire: American Intervention in LaosBefore the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos
by William J. Rust
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky, 2012

In Before the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos, 1954–1961, William J. Rust delves into key policy decisions made in Washington and their implementation in Laos, which became first steps on the path to the wider war in Southeast Asia.

Before the Quagmire is a vivid analysis of a critical period of cold war history filling a gap in our understanding of U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia….

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Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words: Histories of Buddhist Monastic Education in Laos and ThailandGathering Leaves and Lifting Words: Histories of Buddhist Monastic Education in Laos and Thailand
by Justin Thomas Mcdaniel
Published by: University of Washington Press, 2008

Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words examines modern and pre-modern Buddhist monastic education traditions in Laos and Thailand. Through five centuries of adaptation and reinterpretation of sacred texts and commentaries, Justin McDaniel traces curricular variations in Buddhist oral and written education….

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