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Creating Laos: The Making of a Lao Space between Indochina and Siam, 1860-1945
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2011 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The existence of Laos today is taken for granted. But the crystallization of a Lao national idea and ultimate independence for the country was a long and uncertain process.

This book examines the process through which Laos came into existence under French colonial rule through to the end of World War II. Rather than assuming that the Laos we see today was an historical given, the book looks at how Laos’s position at the intersection of two conflicting spatial layouts of ‘Thailand’ and ‘Indochina’ made its national form a particularly contested process.

This, however, is not an analysis of nation-building from the perspec-tive of administrative and political structures. Rather, the book charts the emergence of a notion of a specifically Lao cultural identity that served to buttress Laos as a separate ‘Lao space’, both in relation to Siam/Thailand and within French Indochina.

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Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2011. , 250 p.
, NIAS Monographs, 112
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Laos, nation-building
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URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-4099ISBN: 978 87 7694 023 2ISBN: 978 87 7694 022 5OAI: diva2:856845
Available from: 2015-09-25 Created: 2015-09-25 Last updated: 2015-09-25

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