By Grant Evans
This accomplished and shiny background of Laos is a perfect advent for travelers, company tourists, and scholars. Informative and conveyable, it chronicles the background of Laos from precedent days, while the dynastic states of the area waxed and waned, to the turmoil of the Vietnam struggle and independence from France. This consultant investigates those key occasions lower than a brand new gentle and offers critical demanding situations to the normal perspectives approximately Laos's interesting background.
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Tai Lue moved down from the north into Luang Phrabang, Tai Phuan moved down to Vientiane, and there was ongoing cultural and social interaction between all Tai groups and upland peoples. Only occasionally were strong cultural differences encountered, and only occasionally did they inhibit interaction. One cultural marker of ‘Lao-ness’, used by Lao themselves and others, is the eating of ‘sticky rice’, a variety especially adapted to the uplands. Sticky rice eaters abound in the areas identified as Lao today, although it is also eaten by most other ethnic groups in this area.
Ayudhya’s centre of gravity had moved south as it began to incorporate the Malay peninsula into its mandala, which enabled it to capitalise on the rapid expansion in international trade that was taking place in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Through his increasingly centralised state the king was able to monopolise international trade and further strengthen both the crown’s power vis-à-vis rival noble houses and regional elites, and the kingdom’s power vis-à-vis the interior states of Lan Na and Lan Xang, which could not participate directly in this maritime trade.
All he could find were the ill-defined claims of a tributary world. These were quite unsatisfactory from the point of view of modern mapping, especially for making claims on the east bank of the Mekong, which was what Pavie was seeking. Pavie objected to using the Mekong River as a ‘natural’ frontier, and in a sense, quite rightly as it was a line of demarcation ‘natural’ to no one. In the buffer regions any boundary would end up being arbitrary and thus demarcation would ultimately be settled by force.
A Short History of Laos: The Land in Between (Short History of Asia series, A) by Grant Evans