Author: Tsering ShakyaPublisher: PimlicoYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 574ISBN/UPC (if available): 0712665331
The best available history of modern Tibet. A work of scholarship, objective, well-researched and readable.This is the definitive history of modern Tibet. It shatters the popular perception of Tibet as an isolated Shangri-La, unaffected by larger international developments. It shows how the British withdrawal from India altered the balance of power in the region and left Tibet vulnerable to the newly emergent powers of Asia, India and China. Drawing on a wealth of archival and oral sources, the author tells, for the first time, the full story of the Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet in 1959. He provides the first complete account of CIA involvement in Tibet; of how the British Government misled the United Nations; of the internal power struggles during the Cultural Revolution; of the previously secret uprising against the Chinese; and of negotiations between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government.