China's Tibet?

China's Tibet? : Autonomy or Assimilation

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This groundbreaking book explores China's efforts to assimilate Tibet, in the process rewriting Tibetan history to conform to its own goals. Warren W. Smith Jr. argues that Beijing fears any genuine autonomy or dialogue with the Dalai Lama, convinced that it will fuel renewed nationalism in "China's Tibet," as the leadership calls its possession. Highlighting China's past and current propaganda on Tibet, the book demonstrates China's sensitivity regarding the legitimacy of its rule. In the absence of any solution, Smith advocates promoting Tibet's right to self-determination as the most viable strategy for sustaining international attention and maintaining the most essential elements of Tibetan national identity. This thoroughly informed work will be valuable not only to Tibet experts and students, but also to the larger world of Tibet activists, sympathizers, and others attempting to understand China's more

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  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 566.99g
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0742539903
  • 9780742539907
  • 1,456,515

About Warren W. Smith

Warren W. Smith Jr. is a research historian with Radio Free Asia, Tibetan Service, Washington, more

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A thorough ... study of relations between the two entities over the last century. Library Journal Admirable because it lays out in jargon-free language the political and cultural nature of the China-Tibet relationship. It is further admirable because Warren Smith, who writes for the Tibetan Service of Radio Free Asia, is scrupulously fair, including in his pages complete policy statements from Beijing and the Dalai Lama's exile government. Wall Street Journal Asia Anyone who is a Tibet activist, a serious student of Tibetan Buddhism, or a history buff will find Smith's book indispensable... What is truly fresh and original in China's Tibet?-and reveals Smith at his most penetrating and disturbing-is his analysis of China's greatest propaganda successes... The tug of war between recorded fact and historical revisionism, autonomy and assimilation, Tibetan Buddhist culture and Chinese real estate, will continue while the rest of the world looks on from the sidelines. In the meantime, we should be very grateful that Warren Smith has kept a superb scorecard for us. Tricycle Magazine Smith has extensive living experience in the region and does his research with great care... Recommended. CHOICE In seven fluid chapters, the book covers recent Tibetan history, with an emphasis on Chinese propaganda and how Chinese leaders have viewed Tibet... China's Tibet? is essential for understanding how the Sino-Tibetan relationship became what it is today... His clear-eyed analysis makes a very convincing case. Far Eastern Economic Review Warren Smith deserves a prize for this work. He has presented a clear-eyed, well-informed, and penetrating analysis of China's blatantly colonial policy in Tibet. If you want to understand the realities of the Tibet question, this book is a must-read. You'll never again hear the oft-repeated phrase 'China's Tibet' in quite the same way. -- Robert Thurman, Columbia University This is a landmark study of China's efforts to fully subsume Tibet and to rewrite Tibetan history to conform to this official reality. Smith's dispassionate, critical, and detailed account makes clear China's goal of complete assimilation and the futility of the Dalai Lama's policy to seek some kind of 'meaningful autonomy' for his country. -- Jamyang Norbu, author of The Mandala of Sherlock Holmesshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Historical and Political Background Chapter 2: Tibet under Chinese Communist Rule Chapter 3: Democratic Reforms Chapter 4: Cultural Revolution Chapter 5: Autonomy or Assimilation Chapter 6: Sino-Tibetan Dialogue Chapter 7: The Issue of Tibet Bibliographyshow more

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