A study in historical anthropology, this work focusses on the world historical incorporation of Laos into a colonial capitalist system of surplus accumulation. In so doing, new light is brought to bear upon the non-rebellious and, especially, rebellious responses of the majority (Lao) and minority (montagnard) population of that country, at least as determined by a scrutiny of largely archival-based sources. The approach taken is to combine a general world system analysis with a concern for the non-economic, moral and ideological form; of colonial and "feudal" domination.
Tables and Maps ix Glossary of Foreign Words -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- PART ONE: THE DEVELOPMENT OF COLONIAL CAPITALISM IN LAOS (1893-1954) -- 1.The Political and Economic incorporation of Laos -- 2. The Colonial State Project in Laos -- PART TWO: THE NON-REBELUON OF THE LAO -- 3. Pre-Capitalist Modes of Production in Laos -- 4. Modes of State Intervention in Colonial Laos -- PART THREE: THE POUTICAL ECONOMY OF PEASANT REBELLION IN LAOS -- 5. The Political Economy of the Kha Peasant Rebellions of Southern Laos -- 6. The Political Economy of Rebellion in Northern Laos -- 7. Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Laos -- Conclusion: From Rebellion to Revolution -- Appendix -- Bibliography -- Index.