Laos has the smallest population, the weakest military, and despite rapid economic growth in recent years, one of the lowest levels of per capita income in mainland Southeast Asia. Yet a glance at the map reveals its strategic location, between China and Cambodia and Thailand and Vietnam. As Laos was formerly a crossroads for trade routes, the socialist government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic seeks to transform the country into a prosperous crossroads at the heart of this rapidly developing region.
Historical Dictionary of Laos, Fourth Edition provides an in-depth examination of one of the least-known countries in Southeast Asia through a detailed chronology, comprehensive introduction, and extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 1,000 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, as well as aspects of the country’s politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book will be an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Laos.
Martin Stuart-Fox is emeritus professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics at the University of Queensland. He resides in Melbourne, Australia, and is the author of six books on Laos, including A History of Laos.
Simon Creak is assistant professor of Southeast Asian history at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and is the author of Embodied Nation: Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos.
Martin Rathie is an Australian researcher and teacher who has lived and worked in Laos for almost two decades has authored journal articles and book chapters on Lao history.
Editor’s ForewordJon Woronoff
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix A: Rulers and Leaders
Appendix B: Populations
Appendix C: Romanization Tables
About the Authors