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Group of Asian males sitting on straw bales, some smoking and drinking, 'MONARCHY, REVOLUTION AND REFUGEES', in dark font above.

Monarchy, Revolution and Refugees

Laos - Thailand - Argentina - Kampuchea

By (author) Walter Irvine


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  • The text is richly illustrated with the author's photographs
  • First-hand account of the fall of the Lao monarchy
  • Astute political and sociological analysis
  • Fascinating account of Thai spirit mediums
Full Description

Walter Irvine’s account places his personal experiences against the political and cultural changes that surrounded the Lao and Cambodian revolutions of the 1970s and 80s, giving particular attention to refugee movements and the impact. Irvine’s professional involvement as teacher in Laos, social anthropologist in Thailand and UNHCR official in Argentina gives him an insiders understanding of the specificity of culture, the dynamics of political change, the realities of forced exile, and the challenges of refugee work. His description of revisiting Indochina in 2016 puts the account of the early period into perspective.

About the Author

Walter Irvine worked as a teacher in Laos, Social Anthropologist in Thailand and UNHCR official in Argentina, giving him an insiders understanding of the dynamics of political change taking place in each of those countries at that time.

River Books
28th Dec 2022
Paperback / softback
World excluding South East Asia, USA & Canada
232 mm x 170 mm
320 Pages
300 color
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