By Melvyn C. Goldstein
It isn't attainable to totally comprehend modern politics among China and the Dalai Lama with out knowing what happened--and why--during the Nineteen Fifties. In a ebook that keeps the tale of Tibet's background that he begun in his acclaimed A historical past of recent Tibet, 1913-1951: The death of the Lamaist country, Melvyn C. Goldstein seriously revises our knowing of that key interval in midcentury. This authoritative account makes use of new archival fabric, together with by no means ahead of obvious files, and large interviews with Tibetans, together with the Dalai Lama, and with chinese language officers. Goldstein furnishes attention-grabbing and infrequently fantastic photos of those significant gamers as he deftly unravels the fateful intertwining of Tibetan and chinese language politics opposed to the backdrop of the Korean conflict, the tenuous Sino-Soviet alliance, and American chilly battle coverage.
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Extra info for A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 2: The Calm before the Storm: 1951-1955 (Philip E. Lilienthal Books)
18. An examination of this institution is found in Goldstein 1971b,d. ” This residual right of lords was called gyatsa rangdag (“revert to original lay status and See Goldstein 1986 for a discussion of such peasant transfers. 12 introduction astery’s estates. Drepung required large quantities of ﬁrewood for the daily “mang ja” tea it served its ten thousand monks and decided to use its corvée peasant labor force to provide this at no cost to the monastery. It did so by moving twelve young unmarried men from one of the monastery’s estates to a noncontiguous mountain area, where they lived in tents and were responsible for cutting and transporting ﬁrewood for a ten-year period.
The ofﬁcials who went with the Dalai Lama to Yadong were known as the “traveling government” (tib. cheshung), and those who remained in Lhasa were known as the “home government” (tib. shishung). 2. “Local government” (tib. sane sishung) was the name the Chinese Communist Party used for the Tibetan government of the Dalai Lama in order to avoid referring to it verbally as an independent political entity. 19 20 the road to a sino-tibetan agreement Committee would be set up in Tibet. The Dalai Lama’s reaction was instant and visceral.
Y igtsang), were headed, respectively, by four lay ofﬁcials (tib. tsipön) and four monk ofﬁcials (tib. trunyichemmo). The Ecclesiastic Ofﬁce dealt with religious affairs and the government’s monk ofﬁcials; and the Revenue Ofﬁce, with issues of revenue, taxes, and secular affairs. Traditionally, there were no portfolios in the Kashag, and decision mak- 6. The ﬁve full Kashag ministers in 1951 were Ramba (Thubden Güngyen) (monk ofﬁcial), Surkhang (Wangchen Gelek), Ragasha (Phüntso Rabgye), Lhalu (Tsewang Dorje), and Ngabö (Ngawang Jigme).
A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 2: The Calm before the Storm: 1951-1955 (Philip E. Lilienthal Books) by Melvyn C. Goldstein