Theravada Buddhists in the lowlands and animists in the mountains, the people of Laos have wanted nothing more than to live at peace. Unfortunately, their country's location between two more powerful neighbors, Vietnam and Thailand, has made it the victim of invasion and domination since the fifteenth century. In this analytic introduction to Laos,

chapter 1|7 pages

Land and People

chapter 2|15 pages

The Precolonial Period (to 1893)

chapter 7|18 pages

Foreign Relations

chapter 8|10 pages

The Economy

chapter 9|16 pages

Culture and Society

chapter 10|6 pages