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This is the first investigation into the little-known Bolshevik foreign ministry’s strenuous efforts to win Lhasa over to the Soviet cause in the 1920s. Examining the history of relations between Russia (tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet) and Tibet from the 17th century to the 1990s, the author puts at the core of his narrative the previously unknown story of clandestine negotiations between the Soviet government and the 13th Dalai Lama, forming part of Moscow’s bitter struggle against British imperialism in Asia.
The book provides insight into Soviet secret diplomacy and draws important conclusions relating to the history of Anglo-Russian competition for Tibet and Tibet’s status prior to 1951.
|Foreword: Looking for Russian sources|
|Ch. 1||Tsarist Russia and Tibet: An Unwelcome Rapprochement||1|
|Ch. 2||The Bolsheviks enter the scene||69|
|Ch. 3||Moscow's first Encounter with Lhasa, 1921-1922||117|
|Ch. 4||The Soviet Challenge: The Borisov Mission, 1923-1925||162|
|Ch. 5||Playing the Mongolian card: The Chapchaev Mission, 1926-1928||239|
|Ch. 6||Nicholas Roerich and his "Western Buddhist Embassy"||293|
|Ch. 7||The final efforts to win Tibet over||319|
|Conclusions: Tibet between Britain and two Russias||367|
|Epilogue: In the Aftermath of the Great Game||375|
|List of Abbreviations||399|