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Vientiane: Transformations of a Lao Landscape

ASEAN Economic Bulletin 2008, Dec, 25, 3

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Vientiane: Transformations of a Lao Landscape. By Mark Askew, William S. Logan and Colin Long. London: Routledge, 2007. Pp. 265. Askew, Logan and Long have undertaken one of the most important works on Lao history in many decades. This book is an attempt to look at Laos through a new perspective, the rise and fall of the city, Vientiane, its historical past, while explaining it through the discourse of urbanism and within a context of changing political landscapes. The authors admitted that Laos, as a nation, has frequently been unjustly perceived as a marginal political and cultural entity in the eyes of its neighbours and even among its own populace. The core argument of this book counters such a traditional view on Laos, with a special focus on its capital Vientiane, by presenting historical evidence unveiling the city's glorious past, its political significance and Laos's sustained culture which has provided a basis for the current regime to claim its legitimacy for what it has called "the defence of a national identity".

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  • Category: Business & Personal Finance
  • Published: Dec 01, 2008
  • Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)
  • Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
  • Print Length: 5 Pages
  • Language: English
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