The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947 by Tsering Shakya
Based entirely on unpublished primary sources, Tsering Shakya's groundbreaking history of modern Tibet shatters the popular conception of the country as an isolated Shangri-la unaffected by broader international developments. Shakya gives a balanced, blow-by-blow account of Tibet's ongoing struggle to maintain its independence and safeguard its cultural identity while being sandwiched between the heavyweights of Asian geopolitics: Britain, India, China, and the United States. With thorough documentation, Shakya details the Chinese depredations of Tibet, and reveals the failures of the Tibetan leadership's divided strategies. Rising above the simplistic dualism so often found in accounts of Tibet's contested recent history, The Dragon in the Land of Snows lucidly depicts the tragedy that has befallen Tibet and identifies the conflicting forces that continue to shape the aspirations of the Tibetan people today.
Tsering Shakya was born in Tibet and attended the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University, where he is currently a research fellow in Tibetan Studies. Over the last ten years he has regularly briefed politicians on Tibet at the Foreign Office and the European Parliament. He is the author of Fire Under the Snow: The Testimony of a Tibetan Prisoner and numerous articles; he has taken part in television and radio discussions, and is frequently consulted on Tibetan matters by the BBC, The Times, the Observer, and the Guardian.
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Wonderful history. It is complex and complicated book on a equally complex subject. He has done well with a multitude of names, places, dates and events. It is a clear view of the country that has captured so many hearts around the world. It is also a clear call to renew and reinvigorate the effort to free the country and return it to the hands of the Tibetans before the culture is destroyed. It is based on unpublished primary sources so much if not all of the information in the book is `new¿ to people who were not involved first hand. I usually wane with a lot of names, places, dates, etc. but this book is well written and it was easy to stay with the events. The history here might not be what some are used to hearing about the history of Tibet. It doesn¿t seem romanticized and has many of the heartbreaking details, mistakes and mis-steps that permeate a countries struggle for independence surrounded by stronger more militaristic countries. I would recommend it highly.