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Creating Laos: The Making of a Lao Space between Siam and Indochina, 1860-1945

Creating Laos: The Making of a Lao Space between Siam and Indochina, 1860-1945

by Soren Ivarsson


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ISBN-13: 9788776940225
Publisher: NIAS
Publication date: 12/31/2007
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Abbreviations     x
Thai and Lao Language Conventions     xi
Introduction     1
Laos between Indochina and Siam
Colonialism and nationalism in Laos
The Colonial Encounter     24
Siam and the Mekong region: Interstate relations in the premodern period
The French and the Mekong
The colonial encounter: Two conflicting spatial layouts
The French colonial discourse on the Lao: Notions of race and history
Thai Discourses on History and Race     60
Making Laos 'our' space: Belonging in history
Making Laos 'our' space: Rethinking national maps
Suwannaphum or Laem Thong: The racial link
Demanding the return of the lost territories
Roads, History, Religion and Language, 1893-1940     93
Laos between Siam and Indochina: Linking space
Laos in Indochina: The Vietnamese link
Towards a national history of Laos
Towards a nationalisation of religion: The Buddhist Institute
Towards a standardisation of the written Lao language
The Campaign for a National 'Re-awakening', 1941-1945     145
Outline of the campaign for a national renovation in Laos
Towards a new national space: The problem of unification
A national reawakening: The importance of history and Franco-Lao cooperation
Les Annamites et nous: An ambivalent relationship
Cultural revival: Literature and songs
'Siam-ification' or 'Laoification': The issue of language standardisation
Setting Laos Free from the French     208
Turning the idea of Laos against the French
Concluding remarks: Bringing Laos into existence
Bibliography     219
Index     235

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