Trespassers on the Roof of the World

Trespassers on the Roof of the World : The Race for Lhasa

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Hidden behind the Himalayas and ruled over by a God-king, Tibet has always cast a powerful spell over travellers from the West. In this remarkable, and ultimately tragic narrative, Peter Hopkirk recounts the forcible opening up of this medieval land during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the extraordinary race between agents, soldiers, missionaries, mountaineers, explorers, and mystics from nine different countries to reach Lhasa, Tibet's sacred capital. His story concludes with the ultimate act of trespass - the Chinese invasion of 1950.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8pp halftones, 3 maps
  • 0192802054
  • 9780192802057

Table of contents

Tibet - the forbidden land; the unholy spies of Captain Montgomerie; with prayer-wheel and sextant to Lhasa; panning for gold on the roof of the world; the race for the Holy city begins; four dreams of Lhasa; death of an explorer; the bizarre adventure of Henry Savage Landor; the nightmare of Susie Rijnhart; Lhasa - at last; "Golden Domes like Tongues of Fire"; the riddle of the snows; Lhasa lowers its guard; jumping into the land of God; red guards in Lhasa.show more

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