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Laos : a country study

Author: Andrea Matles Savada; Donald P Whitaker
Publisher: Washington, DC : Federal Research Division, Library of Congress : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1995.
Series: Area handbook series.; DA pam, 550.
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Additional Physical Format: Laos
(OCoLC)48424371
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Laos.
Washington, DC : Federal Research Division, Library of Congress : for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S.G.P.O. Wash., D.C. 20402, 1995
(OCoLC)604450910
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Matles Savada; Donald P Whitaker
ISBN: 0844408328 9780844408323
OCLC Number: 32394600
Notes: "Research completed July 1994."
Supersedes the 1971 ed. of Area handbook for Laos, coauthored by Donald P. Whitaker and others.
Description: xliii, 366 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Early history. Power centers in the Middle Mekong Valley ; Mongol influence ; The founding of Lan Xang ; The division of Lan Xang --
Developments in the nineteenth century. The hold of Siam ; The eviction of Siam ; Laos under the French --
World War II and after. The French protectorate and direct administration ; Nationalist stirrings ; Events in 1945 ; The Lao Issara government ; A confusing situation --
The coming of independence. The kingdom of Laos ; The Pathet Lao --
Toward neutrality: the first coalition. Initial difficulties ; Renewed negotiations ; A fragile unity ; The 1958 elections ; North Vietnamese invasion ; The army enters politics --
The attempt to restore neutrality. A deepening split ; The Battle of Vientiane --
International pressure and the advent of the second coalition. Expansion of Pathet Lao influence ; Protracted diplomacy ; Renewed strains ; The "Secret War" --
The third coalition and the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The Vientiane agreement ; The origins of the prisoner of war/missing in action question ; Formation of the third coalition ; The Communist seizure of power ; Establishment of the Lao People's Democratic Republic ; "Seminar camps" and the death of king Savang Vatthana ; Postwar relations with the United States ; Developments in the Lao People's Democratic Republic --
The physical environment. Topography ; Climate ; Transportation routes ; Natural resources --
Population. Ethnic diversity ; The refugee population ; Rural-urban distribution --
Rural life. Lowland Lao society ; Midland Lao society ; Upland Lao society ; The pattern of rural life --
Urban society --
Religion. Buddhism ; Animism --
Education. Education prior to the Lao People's Democratic Republic ; Education since 1975 --
Health and welfare. Public health ; Acquired immune deficiency syndrome ; Health infrastructure ; Social welfare --
Future trends --
Agriculture and forestry. Agriculture in the economic system ; Crops and farming systems ; Fishing ; Agricultural policy ; Environmental problems and policy --
Industry and services. Industrial output and employment ; Services ; Industrial policy --
Transportation and telecommunications. Roads ; Motor vehicles ; Inland waterways ; Civil aviation ; Telecommunications --
Public finance. The budget deficit ; Government revenue ; Government expenditure ; Policy --
The financial sector. The banking system ; Money and prices ; Money supply and inflation --
The balance of payments. The foreign exchange rate ; Foreign trade ; Direct foreign investment ; Foreign aid ; External debt --
Prospects for growth --
The Lao People's Revolutionary Party. Origins of the party ; Party structure ; Semisecrecy of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party ; Ideology of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party ; Leadership --
The constitution. Development of the constitution ; Highlights of the constitution --
Government structure. Bureaucratic culture ; Executive ; Legislature ; Judiciary --
Challenges to the regime. Human rights ; Insurgents ; Refugees ; Political opposition --
Mass media --
Basic goals ; Bureaucratic complications ; Economic factors ; Bilateral relations --
The armed forces. Historical background ; Structure and administration of the armed forces ; Manpower and conditions of service ; The defense budget --
Threats to national security. Internal threats and resistance movements ; Foreign military presence ; The confrontational relationship with Thailand ; Relations with the United States --
National police and paramilitary forces --
The criminal justice system. Civil liberties and human rights ; Detention centers --
Narcotics and counternarcotics issues.
Series Title: Area handbook series.; DA pam, 550.
Responsibility: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress ; edited by Andrea Matles Savada.
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