Søren Ivarsson is an associate professor in the Department of History, University of Copenhagen. Well versed in the histories of Laos and Thailand, he is particularly interested in nationalism, state formation and historiography in these countries. His monograph, Creating Laos, was published by NIAS Press in 2008 and has attracted much acclaim.
Books by this author
Saying the Unsayable
Monarchy and Democracy in Thailand
- A unique, multidisciplinary discussion of the cultural, historical, political, religious and legal forces that formed the Thai monarchy.
- Essential reading for anyone interested in Thai politics and culture.
- Of interest to a broad readership, also outside academia.
The Quest for Balance in a Changing Laos
A Political Analysis
Contesting Visions of the Lao Past
Lao Historiography at the Crossroads
This book argues that the historiography of Laos needs also to be understood in this wider context. Not only do the contributors consider how the Lao have written their own nationalist and revolutionary history ‘on the inside’, they also examine how others – the French, Vietnamese, and Thais – have tried to write the history of Laos ‘from the outside’ for their own political ends.
The Making of a Lao Space between Indochina and Siam, 1860-1945
This book examines the uncertain process through which a specific idea about a separate ‘Lao space’ and its culture was formed and Laos came into existence under French colonial rule. Here, Laos’s position at the intersection of two conflicting spatial layouts of ‘Thailand’ and ‘Indochina’ made its national form a particularly contested process.