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Publisher:Paljor Publications
Published In:2010
Binding Type:Paperback
Weight:1.68 lbs
Pages:pp. xvii + 520, Frontispiece, [10] Pages of Plates, Map (Folded), Index, Glossary, Appendices, Biblio., Abbreviations

The Title "Tibet A Political History 5th Printing" is written by Tsepon W.D. Shakabpa. This book was published in the year 2010. The ISBN number 8186230688|9788186230688 is assigned to the Paperback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 5th Printing edition. This book has total of pp. xvii + 520 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Paljor Publications. We have about 83 other great books from this publisher. Tibet A Political History 5th Printing is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

Tibet has long captured the imagination of the world for its unique religious traditions and its awesome remoteness on the "Roof of the World", but its actual History and the role it has played in the Asian political arena are less well known. In this book, the first of its kind in English by an eminent Tibetan scholar, we are given the full account of the Tibetan nation, from its earliest civilizations up to the tragedy of the current Chinese occupation.

Drawing on original Tibetan documents, government archives and ancient chronicles, as well as recent Western academic research, The Author relates the fascinating chapters of Tibet's history with the astute understanding of an inside observer. Beginning with Tibet's Yalung dynasty and its military domination of medieval Asia, the narrative continues through the official adoption of Indian Buddhism, Tibet's influence in the Mongol court of Kublai Khan, the rise to political power of the Dalai Lama, and Tibet's struggles with foreign expansionism. In the final chapters the author, himself an official in the Tibetan government at time, gives a first-hand account of the Chinese invasion in 1950, the Tibetan resistance and eventual uprising, and the mass exodus of refugees across the Himalayas into India and abroad. This is an engrossing and insightful book, presenting a vivid picture of political personalities and the character of the Tibetan people, and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Asian affairs.

About the Author

Tsepon W.D. Shakabpa was born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1907. He served as Tibet's Secretary of Finance from 1930 to 1950. In exile, he was the Dalai Lama's official representative in New Delhi until 1966, when he retired in order to devote himself to his scholarly work. The Author of several books and monographs on Tibetan civilization, he was inspired by the Indian freedom movement and his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi to undertake the research for this book, twenty years in the making.


The Seventh Dalai Lama . An Introduction to Tibet
2. The Empire of the Early Kings of Tibet
3. The Struggle for Religious Survival
4. Lamas and Patrons
5. The Phamo Drupa, Rinpung, and Tsangpa Hegemonies
6. The Emergence of the Dalai Lamas
7. The Fifth Dalai Lama Assumes Power
8. Rival Powers in Tibet
9. The Seventh Dalai Lama and the Beginning of Manchu Influence in Tibet
10. War with the Gurkhas and the Dogras
11. Desi Shatra and Palden Dondup : Strong Men of the Nineteenth Century
12. The Thirteenth Dalai Lama and Britain's Border Policy
13. The Younghusband Military Expedition and its Aftermath
14. The 1910 Chinese Invasion of Lhasa and Tibet's Struggle to Maintain her Independence
15. Further Evidence of Tibetan Independence
16. Clashes between Tibetans and Chinese in Kham
17. The Whirlwind of Political Strife
18. The Communist Chinese Invasion
19. The Revolt