History As Propaganda: Tibetan Exiles versus the People's Republic of China

History As Propaganda: Tibetan Exiles versus the People's Republic of China

by John Powers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195174267

ISBN-13: 9780195174267

Pub. Date: 10/14/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Despite Chinese efforts to stop foreign countries from granting him visas, the Dalai Lama has become one of the most recognizable and best loved people on the planet, drawing enormous crowds wherever he goes. By contrast, China's charismatically-challenged leaders attract crowds of protestors waving Tibetan flags and shouting "Free Tibet!" whenever they

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Despite Chinese efforts to stop foreign countries from granting him visas, the Dalai Lama has become one of the most recognizable and best loved people on the planet, drawing enormous crowds wherever he goes. By contrast, China's charismatically-challenged leaders attract crowds of protestors waving Tibetan flags and shouting "Free Tibet!" whenever they visit foreign countries. By now most Westerners probably think they understand the political situation in Tibet. But, John Powers argues, most Western scholars of Tibet evince a bias in favor of one side or the other in this continuing struggle. Some of the most emotionally charged rhetoric, says Powers, is found in studies of Tibetan history. narratives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195174267
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/14/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Old Tibet: A Clash of Myths3
2Characters, Plots, and Motivations in Tibetan History29
3Reinventing China73
4Family Reunion or Shotgun Wedding?111
Conclusion: Another Fine Myth151
Notes163
Bibliography189
Index199

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