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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia

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Many know of Shambhala, the Tibetan Buddhist legendary land of spiritual bliss popularized by the [date] film, Shangri-La. But few may know of the role Shambhala played in Russian geopolitics in the early twentieth century. Perhaps the only one on the subject, Andrei Znamenski’s book presents a wholly different glimpse of early Soviet history both erudite and fascinating. ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Quest Books (first published June 1st 2011)
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Tim Pendry

Red Shambhala adds useful information about esotericism during the early Soviet experiment, the Great Game in Central Asia in the 1920s and the theosophical egoism of Nicholas Roerich.

What it is less good at it, though scholarly and well written, is tying these threads together into some sort of analysis of what was going on in all these theatres - and how they relate.

There are fuller stories to be told of the high point of theosophical political influence in the West and the survival of esoteri
bernard underwood


I heard about this book from a pod cast called stuff they don't want you to know. I really dig anything about shambhala and discoveries of lost culture s
Very interesting book. Kind of like a communist version of Kipling's "Kim".
An enjoyable conspectus of occultist goings - on in post-revolutionary Russia, Tbiet and Mongolia. Academically sleight, however.
An interesting review of the use of the concept of Shambala tp gain political influence over Central Asia & Tibet.
Nick Arnold
Mixture of anecdotes about Bolshevik and other endeavours to revolutionise Inner Asia using Bhuddist legends.
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Andrei Znamenski, a native of Russia, has studied history and anthropology both in Russia and the United States. Formerly a resident scholar at the Library of Congress, then a foreign visiting professor at Hokkaido University, Japan, he has taught various history courses at Russian and American universities. Among them are World Civilizations, Russian history, and the History of Religions.
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