By Grant Evans

This complete and bright historical past of Laos is a perfect advent for travelers, enterprise tourists, and scholars. Informative and transportable, it chronicles the background of Laos from precedent days, while the dynastic states of the quarter waxed and waned, to the turmoil of the Vietnam conflict and independence from France. This advisor investigates those key occasions less than a brand new mild and provides critical demanding situations to the traditional perspectives approximately Laos's exciting heritage.

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Most important was the Régie de l’opium, over which a member of the King’s council maintained day-today operations. The ‘receipts from the taxes and the benefits of the sale of opium will be shared 50/50 between the French treasury and the Royal treasury’, so the agreement ran—but this was impossible to police, and in 1914 the budgetary independence of the kingdom was abolished and integrated into the overall colonial budget. A report the previous year had complained that ‘the Royal Budget, inasmuch as it exists, constitutes in effect a marvellous and convenient facade which masks inadmissible financial practices’.

By this time Chao Anou began to dream of re-establishing the kingdom of Lan Xang. This would happen only if he could bring Luang Phrabang into line and gather under his sovereignty more people. However, given his brother Nanthasaen’s earlier attack on 27 Laos—PAGES 12/4/02 2:10 PM Page 28 A Short History of Laos Luang Phrabang, there was little sympathy there for Anou, and when he began his march across the Khorat Plateau in 1827 Luang Phrabang tried to stay neutral. The uprising was given support by some of the nobility in the northeast, but others stayed loyal to Bangkok.

The lawlessness brought by the Haw weakened Luang Phrabang’s control over the various chiefdoms that were 34 Laos—PAGES 12/4/02 2:10 PM Page 35 Before Laos Image rights unavailable Henri Mouhot, a mid-nineteenth century French explorer, and the King and Viceroy of Luang Phrabang. (From M. Henri Mouhot, Travels in the central parts of Indo-China (Siam), Cambodia and Laos, during the years 1858, 1859 and 1860, London, 1864) its vassals. Thus in 1875 it was faced with a Kha uprising whose leader Nhi, a Khamu, formed a group of marauders that was only disbanded on his death at the hands of a Siamese–Lao force later that year.

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