By Melvyn C. Goldstein
It isn't attainable to totally comprehend modern politics among China and the Dalai Lama with no figuring out what happened--and why--during the Nineteen Fifties. In a publication that keeps the tale of Tibet's historical past that he begun in his acclaimed A historical past of recent Tibet, 1913-1951: The loss of life of the Lamaist country, Melvyn C. Goldstein seriously revises our figuring out of that key interval in midcentury. This authoritative account makes use of new archival fabric, together with by no means ahead of noticeable files, and large interviews with Tibetans, together with the Dalai Lama, and with chinese language officers. Goldstein furnishes attention-grabbing and occasionally unbelievable pix of those significant gamers as he deftly unravels the fateful intertwining of Tibetan and chinese language politics opposed to the backdrop of the Korean struggle, the tenuous Sino-Soviet alliance, and American chilly struggle coverage.
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Extra resources for A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 2: The Calm before the Storm: 1951-1955 (Philip E. Lilienthal Books)
The Tibetan government was headed by a ruler, the Dalai Lama, or in his minority, a regent. The ruler ideally had ultimate authority over all decisions and appointments, and, theoretically, all recommendations for action had to be submitted to him for approval. The Dalai Lama himself is recruited by incarnation. In other words, within one to three years after a Dalai Lama dies, he chooses his successor by incarnating his “essence” into the fetus of a boy. The task of the traditional Tibetan 2. The history of the ﬁrst half of the twentieth century is examined in detail in Goldstein 1989.
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.
Despite this structural rigidity, rural life at the ground level was simultaneously characterized by considerable ﬂexibility. Lords were concerned exclusively with their estate’s economic output—with transforming their land into economically valuable products. Beyond extracting the full measure of corvée labor and fees from their serfs, they were unconcerned with exercising control over the other aspects of their lives. How a peasant spent his or her time outside corvée labor was of no concern to them.
A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 2: The Calm before the Storm: 1951-1955 (Philip E. Lilienthal Books) by Melvyn C. Goldstein