A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951
The Demise of the Lamaist State
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History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951 by Melvyn C. Goldstein
Book DescriptionThe 'Tibetan Question', the nature of Tibet's political status vis-a-vis China, has been the subject of often bitterly competing views while the facts of the issue have not been fully accessible to interested observers. While one faction has argued that Tibet was, in the main, historically independent until it was conquered by the Chinese Communists in 1951 and incorporated into the new Chinese state, the other faction views Tibet as a traditional part of China that split away at the instigation of the British after the fall of the Manchu Dynasty and was later dutifully reunited with 'New China' in 1951. In contrast, this comprehensive study of modern Tibetan history presents a detailed, non-partisan account of the demise of the Lamaist state. Drawing on a wealth of British, American, and Indian diplomatic records; first-hand-historical accounts written by Tibetan participants; and extensive interviews with former Tibetan officials, monastic leaders, soldiers, and traders, Goldstein meticulously examines what happened and why. He balances the traditional focus on international relations with an innovative emphasis on the intricate web of internal affairs and events that produced the fall of Tibet. Scholars and students of Asian history will find this work an invaluable resource and interested readers will appreciate the clear explanation of highly polemicized, and often confusing, historical events.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520075900
(229mm x 152mm x 44mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 18-Jun-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Melvyn C. Goldstein
History of Modern Tibet, Volume 3, Hardback (January 2014)
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History of Modern Tibet, Paperback (March 2009)
It is not possible to fully understand contemporary politics between China and the Dalai Lama without understanding what happened - and why - during the 1950s. This work offers an understanding of that key period in midcentury.
Tibetan Revolutionary, Paperback (August 2006)» View all books by Melvyn C. Goldstein
An as-told-to political autobiography of Phuntso Wangye (Phunwang), one of the most important Tibetan revolutionary figures of the twentieth century. It illuminates one of the world's most tragic and dangerous ethnic conflicts at the same time that it relates the details of a stormy life spent in the quest for a new Tibet.
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Author Biography - Melvyn C. Goldstein
b>Melvyn C. Goldstein is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University, and co-author of Nomads of Western Tibet (California 1990).
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