- By Tsering Shakya

The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947

  • Title: The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947
  • Author: Tsering Shakya
  • ISBN: 9780140196153
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Dragon in the Land of Snows A History of Modern Tibet Since Based entirely on unpublished primary sources Tsering Shakya s groundbreaking history of modern Tibet shatters the popular conception of the country as an isolated Shangri la unaffected by broader in

    Based entirely on unpublished primary sources, Tsering Shakya s groundbreaking history of modern Tibet shatters the popular conception of the country as an isolated Shangri la unaffected by broader international developments Shakya gives a balanced, blow by blow account of Tibet s ongoing struggle to maintain its independence and safeguard its cultural identity while beinBased entirely on unpublished primary sources, Tsering Shakya s groundbreaking history of modern Tibet shatters the popular conception of the country as an isolated Shangri la unaffected by broader international developments Shakya gives a balanced, blow by blow account of Tibet s ongoing struggle to maintain its independence and safeguard its cultural identity while being sandwiched between the heavyweights of Asian geopolitics Britain, India, China, and the United States With thorough documentation, Shakya details the Chinese depredations of Tibet, and reveals the failures of the Tibetan leadership s divided strategies Rising above the simplistic dualism so often found in accounts of Tibet s contested recent history, The Dragon in the Land of Snows lucidly depicts the tragedy that has befallen Tibet and identifies the conflicting forces that continue to shape the aspirations of the Tibetan people today.

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    1. Political history of Tibet from 1947 to the late 1990s.Shakya's book is still impressive, largely because it was done without access to traditional sources -- none of the major parties involved have granted access to their archives. That said, he has worked well with what he has -- interviews, some Tibetan-language publications from the PRC, some declassified CIA documents, and some from the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile, and produced a relatively balanced and objective approach to such a con [...]

    2. A well-researched and thorough history on the status of Tibet since 1947. The book is written in a rather academic style, so if one is unfamiliar with any history on Tibet it might be easier to start with another book. It is an excellent addition to the diplomatic and political history surrounding Tibet.

    3. A left leaning Tibetan throughly debunks the propaganda of both PRC colonialism and the feudal conservatives in exile.If you read one book on modern Tibetan history,make it this one.

    4. It is a big book but enjoyable. Slow read as a lot of history details. The author made a big research on the contemporary history of Tibet and it shows that he feels for his country. If you read one book on history of Tibet, make it this one

    5. This is a really intensive tell-all book that covers modern Tibetan history, which is usually glossed over in every work on Tibet with the same epithet: China invaded Tibet in 1950, the Dalai Lama escaped Tibet for India in 1959, and the Tibetan homeland has been under foreign horrifying rule ever since. A review from Jonathan Mirsky puts it correctly saying, "It will irritate both Chinese and Tibetan chauvinists as it explodes their myths, misunderstandings, and propaganda." I could not put it [...]

    6. A thoroughly researched dissertation-like book on the history of Sino-Tibetan relations. In the highly charged and politicized topic that is Tibet, the author retains credibility as a relatively objective historian when describing the political machinations, personal conflicts, humanitarian atrocities all while refraining from being polemic. Like all history, Tibet's is driven by individual personalities, and one is able to get a sense of how people (including politicians on the Tibetan side) af [...]

    7. A frighteningly detailed history of Tibet since 1947. Shakya is an Oxford educated historian who sought to find the truth about his homeland since the Chinese invaded and muddled the relationship between the two. Shakya, though Tibetan, does well sifting through conflicting sources to paint an intimate picture of modern Tibet. Compared to his contemporaries, Shakya's account is extremely balanced: he is quick to note when the Tibetans were foolish or rash, and when the Chinese were legitimately [...]

    8. A thoroughly researched account of modern Tibet and the forceful Chinese annexation of it. Tsering Shakya does a marvelous job of explaining and highlighting the many aspects, as paradoxical as can be, that has gone into the construction of Tibet's status today. There is enough in here to infuriate anyone, but for some, his honesty, based on poignant questions and comprehensive evidence, may be startling. For a deeper understanding of modern Tibet, pick this up and read it. Nevermind the scant s [...]

    9. One of the better books on modern Tibetan history. Almost completely free of the bias that is rampant in regard to the subject. It does tend to barrage the reader with a multitude of dates, names, and places and because of this it can be quite dry. Despite this fact (or maybe because of it) I find that I constantly go back to this in my studies, if only peruse the footnotes for a primary source.

    10. A modern history of Tibet told from the Tibetan perspective. Particularly good on giving the historical background of Tibet's agreement with China in 1951 and the circumstances of its breakdown eight years later. Wanes toward the end.

    11. A must read for every Tibetan! If you haven't then you have to read this as we know without a deep understanding of the past of Tibet, it is difficult to know how to move forward.

    12. A surprisingly readable account of Tibetan history. You don't have to have a particular interest in Tibet to enjoy this book.

    13. This was a tough read with a lot of dates/names to remember. It did give me some great references for further reading on the history of Tibet and the Chinese invasion.

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