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Tibet in agony : Lhasa 1959 / Jianglin Li ; translated by Susan Wilf.

Author/creator Li, Jianglin, 1956- author.
Other author/creatorWilf, Susan translator.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, [2016]
Descriptionxvi, 410 pages, 39 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Uniform title1959 Lasa! English
Contents The seeds of war -- Summit in Delhi -- Tragedy at Lake Qinghai -- Uneasy spring in Lhasa -- The exorcists' dance at the Potala Palace -- Peril at the prayer festival -- The Dalai Lama may not bring bodyguards -- The most momentous day in Tibetan history -- The undercover men of Kham -- Protect the Norbulingka! Protect the Dalai Lama! -- The gathering clouds of war -- A secret plan -- Go! go! tonight! -- The night ferry -- Into the Himalayas -- Battle at daybreak -- The death of the Medicine Buddha -- River of blood -- Inferno -- Surrender, and save the temple! -- The aftermath -- The eternal crossing.
Abstract On March 17, 1959, the Dalai Lama slipped out of his summer palace, the Norbulingka, in disguise, evading detection both by the Chinese Communist authorities stationed in the city and by the thousands of Tibetan demonstrators who had gathered in the area, fearful that the Chinese were plotting to abduct their beloved leader. After a hair-raising trek across the Himalayas, he re-emerged weeks later in India, where he set up his government in exile. Soon after he left Lhasa, however, the Chinese People's Liberation Army pummeled the city in the savage "Battle of Lhasa." The poorly prepared Tibetans were forced to capitulate, putting Mao in a position to fulfill his long-held dream of imposing Communist rule over Tibet. Partisan politics has tended to overshadow history ever since these fateful developments. For decades, independent scholars have lacked the source materials necessary for evaluating these conflicting allegations and placing them in their proper historical context. Chinese sources, in particular, have remained shrouded in secrecy until quite recently. Meanwhile, unrest has continued to erupt periodically in Lhasa, which had its third major disturbance in 2008. What really happened in Lhasa in March 1959, and why did it happen? Tibet in Agony sets the historical record straight by extensive examination of Chinese and Tibetan sources, many of which are either new or have never before been used by independent scholars. From these sources emerges the first narrative to trace the crisis in Lhasa in March 1959 to its roots in Mao's plan to take over Tibet, and in the fears and suspicions that the step-by-step execution of his plan aroused among Tibetans.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 381-396) and index.
Translation ofTranslation of: Jiang, Yue, 1956- 1959 Lasa! Chu ban. Xianggang : Xin shi ji chu ban ji chuan mei you xian gong si, 2010 9789881943019
LCCN 2016014170
ISBN9780674088894 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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