Book Dreams of the Hmong kingdom : the quest for legitimation in French Indochina, 1850-1960 / Mai Na M. Lee.
Publication year: 2015.
Call Number DS509.5.H66 L45 2015
Media class: Book
Publisher: Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299298845 0299298841 -
Series title: New perspectives in Southeast Asian studies
Extent: xxvi, 401 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
"Countering notions that Hmong history begins and ends with the 'Secret War' in Laos of the 1960s and 1970s, this book reveals how the Hmong experience of modernity is grounded in their sense of their own ancient past, when this now-stateless people had their own king and kingdom, and illuminates their political choices over the course of a century in a highly contested region of Asia"--Back cover.
Introduction : leadership and the politics of legitimation in Hmong society -- Hmong alliance and rebellion within the state (1850-1900) -- pt.1. Hmong messianism : the mandate of heaven. A chronology of two rebellions (1910-1912 and 1918-1921) -- Messianism as a quest for the mandate of heaven -- pt.2. The secular political tradition : a mandate by proxy. The creation of a supreme Hmong chief (1900-1935) -- The struggle for paramountcy (1921-1935) -- The emergence of an educated Hmong broker (1936-1940) -- The impact of the Japanese occupation on the highlands (1941-1945) -- Hmong competition finds revolutionary voices in the Kingdom of Laos (1946-1960) -- Epilogue : the continuity of the two strands of leadership.