Tibet

A History Between Dream and Nation-State

Paul Christiaan Klieger

Tibet

Paul Christiaan Klieger

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324 pages | 58 color plates, 42 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781789144024 Will Publish May 2021 For sale in North and South America only
The history of Tibet has long intrigued the world, and so has the dilemma of its future—will it ever return to independence or will it always remain part of China? How will the succession of the aging and revered Dalai Lama affect Tibet and the world? This book makes the case for a fully Tibetan independent state for much of its 2,500-year existence, but its story is a complex one. A great empire from the seventh to ninth centuries, in 1249, Tibet was incorporated as a territory of the Mongol Empire—which annexed China itself in 1279. Tibet reclaimed its independence from China in 1368, and although the Manchus later exerted their direct influence in Tibetan affairs, by 1840 Tibet began to resume its independent course until communist China invaded in 1950. And since that time, Tibetan nationalism has been maintained primarily by over 100,000 refugees living abroad. This book is a valuable, fascinating account of a region with a rich history, but an uncertain future.
Review Quotes
Foreword Reviews (starred review)
"Klieger’s Tibet is a complex, storied survey of the mountainous homeland of the Dalai Lama. . . . With the epic sweep of a historical saga, Tibet chronicles . . . centuries of invasions, geopolitical intrigues, assassinations, triumphs, and defeats. . . . Engrossing, detailed, and enhanced by beautiful thangka paintings, photographs, and antique maps, Tibet reveals the glories and trials of a beleaguered yet enduring land."
Dibyesh Anand, professor of international relations and head of the School of Social Sciences, University of Westminster
“At a time when China is a rising geopolitical power and the international attention on Tibet experiences a decline, Klieger provides a crucial analysis of different and often contesting narratives on the past, present, and possible futures of China-Tibet relations.”
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