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Bayonets To Lhasa

Author : Peter Fleming
ISBN : 9781848856981
Genre : History
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A brilliant portrayal of what is now viewed as the key episode of the Great Game
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Author : Robert Barnett
ISBN : 9780231510110
Genre : History
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There are many Lhasas. One is a grid of uniform boulevards lined with plush hotels, all-night bars, and blue-glass-fronted offices. Another is a warren of alleyways that surround a seventh-century temple built to pin down a supine demoness. A web of Stalinist, rectangular blocks houses the new nomenklatura. Crumbling mansions, once home to noble ministers, famous lovers, nationalist spies, and covert revolutionaries, now serve as shopping malls and faux-antique hotels. Each embodiment of the city partakes of the others' memories, whispered across time and along the city streets. In this imaginative new work, Robert Barnett offers a powerful and lyrical exploration of a city long idealized, disregarded, or misunderstood by outsiders. Looking to its streets and stone, Robert Barnett presents a searching and unforgettable portrait of Lhasa, its history, and its illegibility. His book not only offers itself as a manual for thinking about contemporary Tibet but also questions our ways of thinking about foreign places. Barnett juxtaposes contemporary accounts of Tibet, architectural observations, and descriptions by foreign observers to describe Lhasa and its current status as both an ancient city and a modern Chinese provincial capital. His narrative reveals how historical layering, popular memory, symbolism, and mythology constitute the story of a city. Besides the ancient Buddhist temples and former picnic gardens of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa describes the urban sprawl, the harsh rectangular structures, and the geometric blue-glass tower blocks that speak of the anxieties of successive regimes intent upon improving on the past. In Barnett's excavation of the city's past, the buildings and the city streets, interwoven with his own recollections of unrest and resistance, recount the story of Tibet's complex transition from tradition to modernity and its painful history of foreign encounters and political experiment.
Category: History

History Of Central Asia The 4 Volume Set

Author : Christoph Baumer
ISBN : 9781838608682
Genre : History
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For more than a hundred years, Central Asia was the heartland of the mightiest military power on the planet. But after the fragmentation of the all-conquering Mongol polity, the region began a steep decline which rendered this former domain of horse lords peripheral to world affairs. The process of deterioration reached its nadir in the second half of the nineteenth century, when the former territories and sweeping steppes of the great khans were overrun by Tsarist Russia. In the concluding volume of his acclaimed Central Asia quartet, Christoph Baumer shows how China in the east, and Russia in the northwest, succeeded in throwing off the Mongol yoke to become the masters of their own previous rulers. He suggests that, as traditional transcontinental trade routes declined in importance, it was the `Great Game' - or cold war between Imperial Russia and Great Britain - which finally brought Central Asia back into play as a region of strategic importance. This epic history concludes with an assessment of the transition to modern independence of the Central Asian states and their struggle to contain radical Islamism.
Category: History

The Godfather Of Kathmandu

Author : John Burdett
ISBN : 9780307272942
Genre : Fiction
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Sonchai Jitpleecheep—John Burdett’s inimitable Royal Thai Police detective with the hard-bitten demeanor and the Buddhist soul—is summoned to the most shocking and intriguing crime scene of his career. Solving the murder could mean a promotion, but Sonchai, reeling from a personal tragedy, is more interested in Tietsin, an exiled Tibetan lama based in Kathmandu who has become his guru. There are, however, obstacles in Sonchai’s path to nirvana. Police Colonel Vikorn has just named Sonchai his consigliere (he’s been studying The Godfather on DVD): to troubleshoot, babysit, defuse, procure, reconnoiter—do whatever needs to be done in Vikorn’s ongoing battle with Army General Zinna for control of Bangkok’s network of illegal enterprises. And though Tietsin is enlightened and (eerily) charismatic, he also has forty million dollars’ worth of heroin for sale. If Sonchai truly wants to be an initiate into Tietsin’s “apocalyptic Buddhism,” he has to pull off a deal that will bring Vikorn and Zinna to the same side of the table. Further complicating the challenge is Tara: a Tantric practitioner who captivates Sonchai with her remarkable otherworldly techniques. Here is Sonchai put to the extreme test—as a cop, as a Buddhist, as an impossibly earthbound man—in John Burdett’s most wildly inventive, darkly comic, and wickedly entertaining novel yet. From the Hardcover edition.
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Beautiful Ghosts

Author : Eliot Pattison
ISBN : 9781407095271
Genre : Fiction
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Disgraced former Beijing Inspector Shan Tao Yun has been living in the remote mountains of Tibet since his unofficial release from a work camp. Without status, official identity, or the freedom to return to his former home in Beijing, he's lived with the forbidden lamas for the past year. But now there's apparently been a murder in a ruined monastery and the very officials who exiled Shan are after his help. In a baffling case involving the FBI, Chinese Ministers, and British relief workers, Shan travels from Tibet to Beijing to the U. S. to find the links between murder, missing art, his former gulag, and his own long-unseen son.
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Short Cut To Nirvana

Author : Jane Comer
ISBN : 9781465382436
Genre : Travel
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In the normal course of one's life, forty two days is a drop in the ocean. None of us usually do much with such a small drop. Given the opportunity to realise one's dream or destiny, forty two days is a lifetime. This is a true account of those days, magnified in a way that enables the reader to share the journey with the author. It combines profound moments with tears and laughter, just three of the elements necessary to making the most of life. Includes over 100 images in black and white of India, Nepal and Tibet.
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History As Propaganda

Author : John Powers
ISBN : 9780199883974
Genre : Religion
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Despite Chinese efforts to stop foreign countries from granting him visas, the Dalai Lama has become one of the most recognizable and best loved people on the planet, drawing enormous crowds wherever he goes. By contrast, China's charismatically-challenged leaders attract crowds of protestors waving Tibetan flags and shouting "Free Tibet!" whenever they visit foreign countries. By now most Westerners probably think they understand the political situation in Tibet. But, John Powers argues, most Western scholars of Tibet evince a bias in favor of one side or the other in this continuing struggle. Some of the most emotionally charged rhetoric, says Powers, is found in studies of Tibetan history. narratives.
Category: Religion

Indian Foreign Policy And The Border Dispute With China

Author : Willem Frederik Eekelen
ISBN : 9789401507158
Genre : Political Science
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The idea for a study of Indian foreign poliey originated during a diplomatie posting to New Delhi between 1957 and 1960. These years were marked by the eruption of the Tibetan revolt, the arrival of the Dalai Lama and the first ineidents along the Sino-Indian border. My departure eoineided precisely with the landing of the aireraft earrying Premier Chou En-lai to the meeting with the Indian Prime Minister whieh would terminate the preliminary phase of the boundary dispute. The eonfliet subsequently assumed proportions affeeting the entire position of India. It provided the most severe testing ground for of Peaeeful eoexistenee whieh India Panehsheel, the Five Principles advoeated as a new and Asian eontribution to international relations. The object of this book is to traee the five principles from their optimistic start in an atmosphere of friendship with China to their decline as an instrument of praetical polities. As Panehsheel experieneed both its rise and fall in the bilateral eontext of Sino-Indian relations, these will be examined in eonsiderable detail. Most emphasis is put on the border dispute whieh represented the first eonfliet between a eommu nist power and a non-aligned state. The analysis of legal aspeets and politieal motives in the dispute is preeeded by a lengthy ehronological deseription, whieh seemed neeessary not only to eomplete the aeeounts given in other publieations, but also as an illustration ofboth its climaetie development and the gradual inerease of Chinese pressure.
Category: Political Science

Operation Sea Lion

Author : Peter Fleming
ISBN : 9781848856998
Genre : History
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Originally published: as Invasion 1940. London: Hart-Davis, 1957.
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China S Great Train

Author : Abrahm Lustgarten
ISBN : 9781429967181
Genre : History
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A vivid account of China's unstoppable quest to build a railway into Tibet, and its obsession to transform its land and its people In the summer of 2006, the Chinese government fulfilled a fifty-year plan to build a railway into Tibet. Since Mao Zedong first envisioned it, the line had grown into an imperative, a critical component of China's breakneck expansion and the final maneuver in strengthening China's grip over this remote and often mystical frontier, which promised rich resources and geographic supremacy over South Asia. Through the lives of the Chinese and Tibetans swept up in the project, Fortune magazine writer Abrahm Lustgarten explores the "Wild West" atmosphere of the Chinese economy today. He follows innovative Chinese engineer Zhang Luxin as he makes the train's route over the treacherous mountains and permafrost possible (for now), and the tenacious Tibetan shopkeeper Rinzen, who struggles to hold on to his business in a boomtown that increasingly favors the Han Chinese. As the railway—the highest and steepest in the world—extends to Lhasa, and China's "Go West" campaign delivers waves of rural poor eager to make their fortunes, their lives and communities fundamentally change, sometimes for good, sometimes not. Lustgarten's book is a timely, provocative, and absorbing first-hand account of the Chinese boom and the promise and costs of rapid development on the country's people.
Category: History