Decent introductions to Laotian history?
May 11, 2013 3:55 PM Subscribe
Can anyone recommend a good book on the history of Laos? I've tried searching on Amazon but most of the titles I see there seem to focus on America's unfortunate colonial misadventure in Southeast Asia and the CIA's secret war in Laos. While I understand the market imperatives that might lead to such a focus, I'd like to get a broader history than that.
The book I am looking will :
posted by jason's_planet to Society & Culture (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
* be written in English
* not be a doorstop i.e. c. 500 pages or less
* have at least some material on the history of Laos before Western colonialism.
* also address contemporary Laos and the Communist regime that ruled after the war.
Extra-special bonus points if the author deals with the Isaan people and their historical relationship with Laos.
Many thanks in advance.