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History of Modern Tibet

The Calm Before the Storm, 1951-1955



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A History of Modern Tibet: The Calm Before the Storm, 1951-1955: v. 2 by Melvyn C Goldstein
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It is not possible to fully understand contemporary politics between China and the Dalai Lama without understanding what happened - and why - during the 1950s. In a book that continues the story of Tibet's history that he began in his acclaimed "A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951: The Demise of the Lamaist State", Melvyn C. Goldstein critically revises our understanding of that key period in midcentury. This authoritative account utilizes new archival material, including never before seen documents, and extensive interviews with Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, and with Chinese officials. Goldstein furnishes fascinating and sometimes surprising portraits of these major players as he deftly unravels the fateful intertwining of Tibetan and Chinese politics against the backdrop of the Korean War, the tenuous Sino-Soviet alliance, and American cold war policy.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Note on Romanization List of Abbreviations Glossary of Key Persons and Terms Introduction: Tibetan Society on the Eve of Incorporation into China PART ONE: THE ROAD TO A SINO-TIBETAN AGREEMENT 1. Chinese Perspectives 2. Tibetan Perspectives 3. Tibet Appeals to the United Nations 4. Negotiations with Beijing 5. The United States Intervenes 6. The Dalai Lama Returns to Lhasa PART TWO: THE FIRST TWO YEARS: CONFRONTATION AND ADJUSTMENT 7. Initial Contacts and Strategies 8. The Advance PLA Force Arrives in Lhasa 9. The Food Crisis 10. The Panchen Lama and the People's Liberation Army 11. First Steps toward Implementing the Seventeen-Point Agreement 12. The Tibetan People's Association 13. Turning to the Dalai Lama and Removing the Sitsab 14. The Return of the Panchen Lama PART THREE: COOPERATION AND CHANGE 15. Winds of Change 16. Conflict within the Communist Party in Tibet 17. Tibet's First Steps toward Socioeconomic Reform 18. Events in India 19. The Dalai Lama Goes to Beijing 20. The Dalai Lama in Beijing 21. The Return to Lhasa 22. Conclusions Appendix A. Lobsang Samden's 1952 Letter to Tsipon Shakabpa Appendix B. Kashag's 1953 Edict Reforming Debts in Tibet Appendix C. Agreement of the Secret Resistance Organization in India, 1954 Appendix D. List of Correct Tibetan Spellings References Index

Author Biography

Melvyn C. Goldstein is John Reynolds Harkness Professor in Anthropology and Codirector of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of many books on Tibet including A Tibetan Revolutionary The Political Life and Times of Bapa Phuntso Wangye (with Dawei Sherap and William R. Siebenschuh), Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar, and A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951, all published by UC Press.
Release date Australia
July 13th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
26 b/w photographs, 4 maps
University of California Press
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