A Short History of Laos

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This comprehensive and vivid history of Laos is an ideal introduction for tourists, business travelers, and students. Informative and portable, it chronicles the history of Laos from ancient times, when the dynastic states of the region waxed and waned, to the turmoil of the Vietnam War and independence from France. This guide investigates these key events under a new light and presents serious challenges to the conventional views about Laos’s intriguing history.


Grant Evans is an anthropologist and professor at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Laos: Culture and Society and The Politics of Ritual and Remembrance: Laos Since 1975. He lives in Hong Kong. Milton Osborne, PhD, is the author of Southeast Asia: An Introductory History and The Mekong: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future.