Saathiaranarath Prachhathipatay Prachhachhon Lao (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Key Historical Events. In 1893 Laos became a French protectorate and in 1907 acquired its present frontiers. On 9 March 1945 Vichy French authority was suppressed by the Japanese. When the Japanese withdrew later in 1945 an independence movement known as Lao Issara (Free Laos) established a government under Prince Phetsarath, the Viceroy of Luang Prabang. This government collapsed with the return of the French in 1946 and the leaders of the movement fled to Thailand.


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Further Reading

  1. Cordell, H., Laos. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1990Google Scholar
  2. Stuart-Fox, M., Laos: Politics, Economics and Society. London, 1986Google Scholar
  3. Zasloff, J. J., and Unger, L. (eds.) Laos: Beyond the Revolution. London, 1991Google Scholar

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