A Short History of Laos: The Land in Between (Paperback)
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Short Description for A Short History of Laos A comprehensive history of Laos from the pre-modern dynastic era to the present day. Perhaps the least known country in mainland Southeast Asia, Laos stands at the region's crossroads, surrounded by China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma between which it has often acted as a bridge.
- Published: 01 May 2003
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781864489972 ISBN 10: 1864489979
- Sales rank: 982,954
Full description for A Short History of Laos
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. In this book, Grant Evans brings Lao history 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. The book 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.