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Tibet: A History

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Situated north of the Himalayas, Tibet is famous for its unique culture and its controversial assimilation into modern China. Yet Tibet in the twenty-first century can only be properly understood in the context of its extraordinary history.

Sam van Schaik brings the history of Tibet to life by telling the stories of the people involved, from the glory days of the Tibetan em
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Yale University Press (first published May 24th 2011)
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Dr. van Schaik writes clearly, concisely, in a way that is scholarly and grounded but absolutely page-turning. He uses dynamic storytelling without sensationalizing the material. Going back to the 7th century, van Schaik uses the order of elements to break certain assumptions about Tibet (for example, he begins the first chapter with the invasion of Chang'an in 763 and then backtracks to question how the conditions for this invasion came about). Throughout the book he deftly weaves material toge ...more
Marsha Altman
Recommended. The most straightforward and concise history of Tibet available in American and British markets. If you're familiar with Tibetan history, it's probably a little controversial on the subjects of Tibet's early history, which itself makes it interesting.
Tim C
This book is an excellent introduction to the complex and often contentious history of Tibet. It manages to convey an admirably balanced overview (especially of the recent past). As a concise narrative history it is informed by a very clear, scholarly interpretation of its source material, yet at the same time it remains a highly engaging read. The chapters are set out in a clear and logical chronology with a deft lightness of touch in terms of occasional references linking either forwards or ba ...more
Barbara O'Brien
If you are looking for a readable one-volume history of Tibet, this is it. I would have given it five stars, except that I found a few small errors in the Kindle edition. It's possible the print edition is fine.
As a Chinese, I hate the western historians to use "Chinese" to refer to "Han" ethnicity, also I felt so awkward to see them refer each political dynasty to "China". This will unconsciously give the readers the impression that "China" and "Tibet" and many other parts of China are separated.

Other than this, I felt this book especially useful to provide empirical information to understand the autonomous region of Tibet.
Yang Xiang
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A great country biography and despite the topic matter happily devoid of hippy bullshit or romanticized depictions of Buddhism.
Succinct, scholarly, and very well written -- van Schaik's history of Tibet accomplishes a rare triumvirate.
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