The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama / Edition 1

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Overview

Tensions over the "Tibet Question" - the political status of Tibet - are escalating every day. The Dalai Lama has gained broad international sympathy in his appeals for autonomy from China, yet the Chinese government maintains a hard-line position against it. What is the history of the conflict? Can the two sides come to an acceptable compromise? Drawing upon his deep knowledge of the Tibetan culture and people, Goldstein takes us through the history of Tibet, concentrating on the political and cultural negotiations over the status of Tibet from the turn of the century to the present. He describes the role of Tibet in Chinese politics, the feeble and conflicting responses of foreign governments, overtures and rebuffs on both sides, and the nationalistic emotions that are inextricably entwined in the political debate. Ultimately, he presents a plan for a reasoned compromise, identifying key aspects of the conflict and appealing to the United States to play an active diplomatic role.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Nicholas Kristof

“Remains the best introduction to Tibet.”
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"Remains the best introduction to Tibet."--New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520219519
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 165
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Melvyn C. Goldstein is John Reynolds Harkness Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University as well as Director of the University's Center for Research on Tibet. He is author or coauthor of over eighty articles and books on Tibet, including A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951 (California, 1989), Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar (California, 1991), and The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering (1997).
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Table of Contents

Preface
The Imperial Era 1
Interlude: De Facto Independence 30
Chinese Communist Rule: The Mao Era 37
The Post-Mao Era 61
The Future 100
Notes 133
Bibliography 143
Index 147
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