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China's Tibet?: Autonomy or Assimilation
     

China's Tibet?: Autonomy or Assimilation

by Warren W. Smith
 

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ISBN-10: 0742539903

ISBN-13: 2900742539906

Pub. Date: 10/28/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This groundbreaking book explores China's efforts to assimilate Tibet, in the process rewriting Tibetan history to conform to Beijing's goals. Warren Smith provides the historical context for understanding the current situation through an overview of China's actual—as opposed to its promised—policies toward Tibet over time. His clear-eyed appraisal of

Overview

This groundbreaking book explores China's efforts to assimilate Tibet, in the process rewriting Tibetan history to conform to Beijing's goals. Warren Smith provides the historical context for understanding the current situation through an overview of China's actual—as opposed to its promised—policies toward Tibet over time. His clear-eyed appraisal of Chinese policy convincingly shows that the PRC's ultimate intention is assimilation rather than autonomy. The author argues that Beijing fears that any genuine autonomy or dialogue with the Dalai Lama will fuel renewed nationalism in "China's Tibet," as the Chinese leadership calls its possession. The book highlights China's past and current propaganda on Tibet to demonstrate China's sensitivity and defensiveness regarding the legitimacy of its rule. It traces the history of Sino-Tibetan dialogue to show how China has tried to use it to defuse Tibetan exile and international criticism, while making no concessions in regard to Tibetan autonomy. In the absence of any solution, Smith advocates the promotion of Tibet's right to self-determination as the most viable strategy for sustaining international attention and maintaining the most essential elements of Tibetan national identity. Smith's thoroughly informed work will be valuable not only to Tibet experts and students, but also to the larger world of Tibet activists, sympathizers, and others attempting to understand China's policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900742539906
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Historical and Political Background     1
Tibetan Ethnic Origins     1
Tibetan Empire     3
Tibetan Buddhist State     5
British Patronage for Tibetan Autonomy     9
Tibetan National Identity     13
Tibet under Chinese Communist Rule     19
Seventeen-Point Agreement     19
National Regional Autonomy     25
Autonomy in Practice: Political Integration     28
Democratic Reforms in Eastern Tibet     36
Anti-Local Nationalist Campaign     39
Tibetan Revolt     45
Democratic Reforms     51
When Serfs Stood Up in Tibet     66
The Panchen Lama's 70,000-Character Petition     74
Serf     96
Confiscated for the Benefit of the People     112
Cultural Revolution     123
Rinbur Tulku on the Cultural Revolution in Lhasa     129
Wrath of the Serfs     133
Tibet Transformed     150
Autonomy or Assimilation     165
Patriotic Education Campaign     170
China's State Council White Papers on Tibet     182
Renewed Propaganda Campaign     197
Sino-Tibetan Dialogue     213
Revival of Sino-Tibetan Contacts     220
China's Strategy on Sino-Tibetan Dialogue     231
Dialogue or Deadlock?     250
The Issue of Tibet     275
Bibliography     299
Index     303
About the Author     315

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