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By Grant Evans

This entire and vibrant historical past of Laos is a perfect creation for travelers, company tourists, and scholars. Informative and conveyable, it chronicles the background of Laos from precedent days, while the dynastic states of the quarter waxed and waned, to the turmoil of the Vietnam battle and independence from France. This consultant investigates those key occasions below a brand new mild and provides critical demanding situations to the traditional perspectives approximately Laos's fascinating historical past.

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Although its precise origins remain obscure, the Vietnamese, who had had continuous contact with Tai groups for centuries, referred to those people on the opposite side of the cordillera as Ai-Lao, and the Vietnamese could be the source of the designation. These designations were primarily for elite usage; there is little evidence that most ‘Lao’ or ‘Siamese’ thought of themselves in those terms. The sacred spaces and places being constructed across the region began to feature as part of Tai social memory, as part of the background 22 Laos—PAGES 12/4/02 2:10 PM Page 23 Before Laos and subject matter of literature and song, including the indigenisation of Indian epics such as the Ramayana.

The alliance was soon at war with Pegu, whose army repulsed them and marched on Lan Xang, carrying off members of the royal family and booty. Lan Xang and Ayudhya rallied and regained some of the northern reaches of Ayudhya. The king of Pegu then amassed a huge army and marched again on Ayudhya in 1568, sacking the kingdom in the following year. The army of Pegu then occupied Vientiane, but soon withdrew. Thereafter, briefly, Sethathirat was in charge of the only substantial Tai kingdom in the region.

For many, Paris was France, a sophisticated urban milieu that gave the nation an appearance of being more developed and ‘civilised’ than it really was. Members of this urban elite were often shocked to encounter peasants in rural areas who refused to speak French, who did not see themselves as Frenchmen, and who clung to local customs and ‘superstitions’. P. Nginn, one of the first Lao students to study in France, on his arrival in 1906 observed of one region in the south: 42 Laos—PAGES 12/4/02 2:10 PM Page 43 Le Laos Français These people have different customs, their temperament is gentle and they are very welcoming to us.

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