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Literature on the History of South East Asia
Ayutthaya Tonkin
First posted on April 17th 2010

Prior to the 14th century much of the territory of modern Laos formed part of the Khmer Empire. From 1353 to 1707 the region was under the control of the Kingdom of Lan Xang. In 1707 it was split in three, the Kingdoms of Luang Prabang, Viang Chan (Vientiane) and Champassak.
The period from 1707 to 1893 is called "the Dark Ages of Laos" (Wikipedia). European sources of the 18th and 19th century do refer to a Kingdom of Lawhos / Laos throughout the 18th and into the 19th century, and within the respective chapters often also refer to Lanjan / Lanjane; such sources are listed below.

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Country Profiles Current from Wikipedia
Historic Pierre-Jacques Lemonnier de La Bissachere, Etat actuel du Tunkin, de la Cochinchine, et des Royaumes de Camboge, Laos et Lac-Tho, vol.1, vol.2, 1812, in French, GB
Links General from Library of Congress, Portals to the World
from BUBL, from dmoz
List of Laos-related Topics, from Wikipedia; Category : Laos, from Wikipedia; Categorie : Laos, from Wikipedia French edition
from East and Southeast Asia. An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources
on History Category : History of Laos, from Wikipedia; Categorie : Histoire du Laos, from Wikipedia French edition
Historical Dictionary
Organizations International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA)
Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies (JSSEAS)
The International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History (ICEAACH)
Finnish University Network for East and Southeast Asian Studies
Royal Institute : Academy of Moral and Political Sciences : Section of History, Discipline Thai History
Timelines from timelines.ws, a website exploiting US newspaper articles, very detailed on the 20th century
Accounts of History of Laos, Current History of Laos, from Embassy of Laos, very brief; from Infoplease and from Visit Laos
History of Laos, from Wikipedia; SEASite Laos, click on : history
of Laos, Historical
Specific Periods
Historiography Contesting Visions of the Thai-Lao Past (1999)
Economy & Finances
Social History
Ethnography Languages of Laos (82), from Ethnologue
Religion Category Religion in Laos, from Wikipedia
Buddhism in Laos, from Buddha Net
History of Regions
Local History History of Vientiane, from Wikipedia
History of Luang Prabang, from Wikipedia
Culture Laos Cultural Profile, from Cultural Profiles

Historical Data Lists of Statesmen List of Monarchs of Laos : Kingdom of Lan Xang, from Wikipedia
Image Databanks Wikimedia Commons
Historic Picture Postcards, from Postcardman, commercial site
Archival Deposits
Document Collections
Historical Maps see here
Map of Ethnic Groups in Laos, from IKAP - MMSEA
Talessman's Atlas, series of maps of the Eastern Hemisphere 1300 BC - 1500 AD
Maps of Laos, posted by Mapas Imperiales, scans, scroll down for Laos
Encyclopedia Entries
Religious De la Religion du Royaume de Laos, ou des Langiens, pp.422-439 in vol.3 of Nicolas Jovet, L'histoire des religions de tous les royaumes du monde, 1710, in French, GB
Economic J.C.M.R., Korte Schets van den tegenwoordigen staat van het Half-Eiland beoosten de Ganges, pp.317-347 in : vol.4 of Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap der Kunsten en Weetenschappen, 1786, in Dutch, GB, on Laos p.345
Geographical Laos, p.734 in J.E.B., Compendieuse Staats-Beschreibung Des Durchlauchtigen Welt-Kreises, 1721, in German, GB
Entry : The Kingdom of Lawhos, pp.106-112, in : T.G. Smoillett, The Present State of the World, vol.7 1768, GB
Entry : The Kingdom of Laos, pp.278-279 in vol.2 of C. Malte-Brun, Universal geography : or a description of All Parts of the World, 1827, GB
Articles : Lanjan, Laos, in : J. Walker, The Universal Gazetteer , 1807 (unpaginated), GB
Entry : Royaume de Laos, pp.60-61 in vol.4 of J.J. Vaissete, Geographie historique, ecclesiastique et civile, 1755, in French, GB
Entry : Laos, pp.485-500, in : Adolphe Philibert Dubois de Jancigny, Histoire et Description de Tous les Peuples : Japon, Indochine, Ceylan etc., 1801, in French, GB
Historical Entry : Du Laos, pp.234-240 in vol.1 of Antoine Augustin Bruzen de La Martiniere, Introduction a l'histoire de l'Asie, de l'Afrique, et de l'Amerique, 1735, in French, GB
The Present State of Siam, pp.61-91, in vol.1 of Th. Salmon, Modern History or the Present State of All Nations, 1744, GB ; pp.61-62 refer to Laos
Entry : Du Laos, pp.500-508 in : Samuel von Pufendorf, Introduction ? l'histoire generale et politique de l'univers, completee & continuee jusqu'a 1745, 1745, in French, GB
The Kingdom of Lawhos, or Laos, pp.140-194, in : The Modern Part of an Universal History, vol.7, 1759, GB
The Kingdom of Lawhos, or Laos, pp.218-252, in : G. Sale et al., The Modern Part of an Universal History, vol.24, 1781, GB
Entry : Laos, pp.48-59 in vol.7 of Louis Pierre Anquetil, Precis de l'histoire universelle, ou tableau historique, 1801, in French, GB
Entry : Laos, pp.834-835, in : vol.4 of E.W. Whitaker, A complete system of universal history, 1821, GB
on Customs Entry : Religion des Laies, Langiens ou Laos, pp.98-101, in : vol.2 pt.1 of Bernard Picart, Ceremonies et coutumes religieuses des Peuples Idolatres, 1728, in French, GB
Entry : Storia e Governo di Laos, pp.121-126, in vol.4 of D. G. Ferrario, Il Costume Antico e Moderno di Tutti i Popoli, 1824, in Italian, GB
Institutions Archives Archives in Laos, from Laos Cultural Profile
Musea Lists, Links
Musea Museum Websites Lao National Museum, Luang Prabang National Museum, from Laos Cultural Profile
Monuments Tentative Lists : Lao PDR, World Heritage List, scroll down for Lao PDR; from UNESCO World Heritage
Laos Index, from Showcaves
Libraries National Library, Laos
National Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms
Coins, Banknotes The Evolution of Money - Lan Xang Money, from Thai Bank Museum

Bibliographies general ISBN Database
on Laos Books on Laos, from Orchid Press
Online Libraries general Internet Archives
Gutenberg Library Online
International Boundary Studies, search for Laos
on Laos ISEAS Working Papers, Back Issues 2000-2003
Thesis Server South East Asian Studies, Student Theses, from Ohio University
South East Asia Dissertations, click Indo-China, Laos
Online Journals South East Asia Journals, from ELIN-NIAS; Laos Journals, from ELIN-NIAS; Search Electronic Journals Online for Laos
Asia Insights, from NIAS, 2002-
Bulletin de l'Ecole française d'Extreme-Orient 1901-2003
Southeast Asian Studies 1963-, mostly in Japanese
Explorations, 1997- Graduate Student Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, CSEAS, Univ. of Hawaii
General Accounts Nicholas Tarling, The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, 4 vol.s, Cambridge : UP (1992) 1999, KMLA Lib.Sign. 959 T188c
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th edition, Macropaedia, Vol.27, pp.740-744 Article Southeast Asia : Laos, KMLA Lib.Sign. R 032 B862h v.27
Historical Dictionaries Martin Stuart-Fox and Mary Kooyman, Historical Dictionary of Laos, Metuchen N.J. : Scarecrow 1992, 258 pp. [G]

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