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A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951: The Demise of the Lamaist State

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The "Tibetan Question," the nature of Tibet's political status vis-à-vis China, has been the subject of often bitterly competing views while the facts of the issue have not been fully accessible to interested observers. While one faction has argued that Tibet was, in the main, historically independent until it was conquered by the Chinese Communists in 1951 and incorporate ...more
Paperback, 936 pages
Published June 18th 1991 by University of California Press (first published 1989)
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Kenghis Khan
Incredibly well-documented, detailed story of the final years of Tibet leading up to re-integration into China. Goldstein's command of Tibetan allows his uniquely synthetic engagement of British, Indian and American archives as well as interviews with the main Tibetan player make the book a definitive treatment of Tibet since 1913.

Goldstein also appears to have felt a need to present many of the primary sources - these became rather numerous (like a 2 page letter every 3 pages) towards the end a
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Marsha Altman
Definitely the best Tibetan history book I've ever read, in terms of being astoundingly well-researched and balanced, drawing on a wealthy of Tibetan, Chinese, British, American, and Indian sources, some translated by the author himself, as well as oral histories recorded by the author. Includes a lot of details that aren't found in the more sanitized versions of pre-Communist invasion history, either on the Tibetan government-in-exile side or the CCP side.

It's a very long book with a lot to sa
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Tao
Mar 23, 2008 Tao rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Very well researched academic work on Tibet history. I first learned this book from Wang Lixiong's work,

天葬:西藏的命运 (Celestial Funeral: the Destiny of the Tibet)

The Celestial Funeral itself is also a well-written work, less academically oriented, more suitable for casual reader. However, the lack of an English translation may have limited it's reach significantly.

On the contrary, this book is more thoroughly researched, with more first hand material, esp. those from British history archives,
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Connie
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