Describes the changes in society over 600 years as Lan Xang was gradually dismembered and became a French colony. Most importantly, it shows the essence of the Lao and why, despite all that has happened, they possess their own social and cultural values that mark them as distinctive.
'The present volume by Peter and Sanda Simms, dated 1999, fills the cup of those of us who follow events in Laos and seek lessons from its past history to overflowing.' - Arthur J. Dommen, The Royal Asiatic Society
1 Where the Lao World Began: Prehistory-1299 2 Laos: The Paradise of Riches: 1300-1373 3 Through Chaos to a New Order: 1373-1520 4 Pride Brings Disaster: 1520-1550 5 Wars and Invasions: 1550-1571 6 Seventy Years of Anarchy: 1571-1637 7 A New Golden Age: 1637-1698 8 The End of Lan Xang: 1698-1791 9 The Rise of Nationalism: 1791-1829 10 Siamese Dominance: 1829-1894 11 An Overview of Champasak History 12 An Overview of Xieng Khouang History 13 Re-united a French Protectorate: 1895-1905