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The past in the present: the Cold War in Southeast Asia par Vatthana Pholsena (EHESS)

Publié le 24 février 2020 Mis à jour le 25 février 2020

Lectures in Anthropology 2019-2020 - LAMC

This presentation deals with present-day traces of the Cold War in Northeastern Thailand; to borrow Heonik Kwon’s expression, we approach the Cold War “as a slowly decomposing process” (2010, 9). Despite constituting a critical period in the history of the region, the Cold War and its legacy are relatively under-studied in the scholarship on Southeast Asia. Yet, this period was marked by deep political, economic and socio-cultural changes, as well as by extreme violence. Our talk focuses on a border area in Nakhon Phanom Province, adjacent to the Thai-Lao border. This borderland was a key frontline during the Cold War: a large US military airbase was set up outside Nakhon Phanom town from which operations were conducted over Laos and Vietnam, and the province was the site of a Thai government counter-insurgency campaign against the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) in addition to being the location of Vietnamese anti-colonial activities in the first half of the 20th century.
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