Papers of Souvanna Phouma, Prince of Laos, 1961 Jan. 1-1970 Dec. 31.


Souvanna Phouma, Prince of Laos, 1901-1984. Papers of Souvanna Phouma, Prince of Laos, 1961 Jan. 1-1970 Dec. 31.

Papers of Souvanna Phouma, Prince of Laos, 1961 Jan. 1-1970 Dec. 31.

Copies of ten volumes of diaries with inserted material such as letters, cables, memoranda, communiques, clippings, and other printed material. Reflects Souvanna's role as nationalist and conciliator of the political factions within Laos including the Neo Lao Haksat (political arm of the Pathet Lao) led by Prince Souphanouvong, the rightist faction led by Prince Boun Oum Na Champassak, and the neutralists led by Souvanna; and the role played by the Soviets, Americans, and Vietnamese. Chronicles the International Conference on the Settlement of the Laotian Question held in Geneva, Switzerland (1961-62) and resulting formation of a tripartite government, gradual polarization and descent into civil war, increasing dependence of Laos on the West, growing influence of the communist bloc and the Pathet Lao, and creation of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos). Pertains to the roles of Gen. Phoumi Nosavan, Gen. Siho Lamphoutacoul, and Col. Bounleut Saycocie in Royal Lao Army coup attempts of 1964-65 and to campaigns on the Plain of Jars, Laos, led by Gen. Vang Pao and his Hmong soldiers against the North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao. Significant events and personages described in the diaries include Anatoliĭ Andreevich Gromyko, W. Averell Harriman, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Kong Le, Sisowath Sirik Matak, Chí Minh Hồ (Ho Chi Minh), Richard M. Nixon, Phoumi Nosavan, Nordom Sihanouk, Sisouk Na Champassak, and Savang Vatthana; Souvana Phouma's trips to the U.S., the Soviet Union, France, Cambodia, and North Vietnam; the activities of the International Control Commission; and the American campaign against the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

500 items.5 containers.6 microfilm reels.1.8 linear feet.




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