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Tibetan History Reader

ISBN-10: 0231144695

ISBN-13: 9780231144698

Edition: 2013

Authors: Gray Tuttle, Kurtis R. Schaeffer

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Answering a critical need for an accurate, in-depth history of Tibet, this single-volume resource reproduces essential, hard-to-find essays from the past fifty years of Tibetan studies. Covering the social, cultural, and political development of Tibet from the seventh century to the modern period, the volume is organized chronologically and regionally to complement courses in Asian and religious studies and world civilizations.Beginning with Tibet's emergence as a regional power and concluding with its profound contemporary transformations, this anthology offers both a general and specific history, connecting the actions of individuals, communities, and institutions to broader historical trends that shaped Asia and the world. With contributions from American, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan scholars, the collection reflects the international character of Tibetan studies and its multiple, interdisciplinary perspectives. Contributors address many aspects of Tibetan culture frequently neglected in popular accounts, and the editors render Tibetan person and place names in an easy-to-pronounce phonetic system -- a key component increasing the volume's accessibility. They also standardize complex and sometimes cryptic references to cited works, clearing the path for additional research in directly related and peripheral fields. By far the most concise scholarly anthology on Tibetan civilization in any Western language, this reader clarifies the history of Tibet, its relation to its neighbors, and its role in world affairs.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Gray Tuttle is Leila Hadley Luce Assistant Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Dates in Tibetan History and Key Events in Neighboring Lands
Maps
From Prehistory to History
The Prehistory of the Tibetan Plateau to the Seventh Century A.D.
Some Reflections on the Periodization of Tibetan History
History as Myth: On the Appropriation of the Past in Tibetan Culture
Imperial Tibet (Seventh to Tenth Centuries) Narratives of Tibetan Origins
Remarks on the Mani Kabum and the Cult of Avalokitesvara in Tibet
On the Tibetan Historiography and Doxography of the "Great Debate of Samy�"
Imperial Politics
The Linguistic and Historical Setting of the Old Tibetan Inscriptions
The Tibetans in the Ordos and North China: Considerations on the Role of the Tibetan Empire in World History
Tibetan Revivals (Tenth to Twelfth Centuries)
The Tibetan Tribes of Hexi and Buddhism During the Northern Song Period
The Rulers of Western Tibet
The B�n Religion of Tibet
The Evolution of Monastic Power
Lamas and Patrons (Thirteenth to Fourteenth Centuries) Tibet and the Mongols
The Preceptor-Donor Relation in Thirteenth-Century Tibetan Society and Polity: Its Inner Asian Precursors and Indian Models
The Mongol Census in Tibet
Sakya Pandita's Letter to the Tibetans: A Late and Dubious Addition to His Collected Works
Centers of Power and Religious Learning (Fourteenth to Eighteenth Centuries)
The Rise of the Pakmodru Dynast
Monastic Patronage in Fifteenth-Century Tibet
Central Tibetan Conflict in the Sixteenth Century
The He Clan of Hezhou: A Tibetan Family in Service to the Yuan and Ming Dynasties
B�n in Central and East Tibet
Modern Tibet (Seventeenth to Twentieth Centuries) Central Tibetan Leadership
The Dalai Lamas and the Origins of Reincarnate Lamas
The Fifth Dalai Lama
Experience, Empiricism, and the Fortunes of Authority: Tibetan Medicine and Buddhism on the Eve of Modernity
Tibet and the Manchus
The Administration of Tibet During the First Half-Century of Chinese Protectorate
Lobjang Danjin's Rebellion of 1723
Aristocracy and Government in Tibet: 1728-1959
Economy and Trade
Gold, Wool, and Musk: Trade in Lhasa in the Seventeenth Century
The Circulation of Estates in Tibet: Reincarnation, Land, and Politics
The Geo-History of Long-Distance Trade in Tibet 1850-1950
Institutional Growth Beyond Central Tibet
The Kingdom of Derg�
Labrang: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery at the Crossroads of Four Civilizations
Tibet in a Global Context
Uniting Religion and Politics in a Bid for Autonomy: Lamas in Exile in China and America
Progressives and Exiles
The Genesis of the Sino-Tibetan Agreement of 1951
Full References to Original Articles
Bibliography
Index