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Tibetan Revolutionary The Political Life and Times of Bapa Ph�ntso Wangye

ISBN-10: 0520249925
ISBN-13: 9780520249929
Edition: 2006
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Description: This is the as-told-to political autobiography of Phuntso Wangye (Phunwang), one of the most important Tibetan revolutionary figures of the twentieth century. Phunwang began his activism in school, where he founded a secret Tibetan Communist Party.  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 396
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This is the as-told-to political autobiography of Phuntso Wangye (Phunwang), one of the most important Tibetan revolutionary figures of the twentieth century. Phunwang began his activism in school, where he founded a secret Tibetan Communist Party. He was expelled in 1940, and for the next nine years he worked to organize a guerrilla uprising against the Chinese who controlled his homeland. In 1949, he merged his Tibetan Communist Party with Mao's Chinese Communist Party. He played an important role in the party's administrative organization in Lhasa and was the translator for the young Dalai Lama during his famous 1954-55 meetings with Mao Zedong. In the 1950s, Phunwang was the highest-ranking Tibetan official within the Communist Party in Tibet. Though he was fluent in Chinese, comfortable with Chinese culture, and devoted to socialism and the Communist Party, Phunwang's deep commitment to the welfare of Tibetans made him suspect to powerful Han colleagues. In 1958 he was secretly detained; three years later, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Beijing's equivalent of the Bastille for the next eighteen years. Informed by vivid firsthand accounts of the relations between the Dalai Lama, the Nationalist Chinese government, and the People's Republic of China, this absorbing chronicle illuminates one of the world's most tragic and dangerous ethnic conflicts at the same time that it relates the fascinating details of a stormy life spent in the quest for a new Tibet.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Romanization and Abbreviations
List of Key Persons
Introduction
A Brief Historical Context
Growing Up In Kham And China
Childhood in Batang
The Coup of Lobsang Thundrup
School Years
The Tibetan Communist Party Era
Planning Revolution
Returning to Kham
To Lhasa
The Indian Communist Party
On the Verge of Revolt
Escape to Tibet
From Lhasa to Yunnan
The People's Republic Of China
The Return to Batang
The Seventeen-Point Agreement
To Lhasa Again
With the PLA in Lhasa
A Year of Problems
An Interlude in Beijing
Beginning Reforms
Incarceration
Tension in Lhasa
Labeled a Local Nationalist
To Prison
Solitary Confinement
A Vow of Silence
After Prison
Release from Prison
A New Struggle
Nationalities Policy
Epilogue
A Comment
Original Charter of the Eastern Tibet People's Autonomous Alliance
Summary of Talks with Tibetan Exile Delegations
Some Opinions on Amending the Constitution with Regard to Nationalities
Glossary of Correct Tibetan Spellings
Index

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