Trespassers on the Roof of the World

Trespassers on the Roof of the World

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Hidden behind the Himalayas and ruled over by a God-king, Tibet has always cast a powerful spell over travellers form 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. This book is intended for those with a general interest in the Far East, history, and adventure. Some academic interest.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8 pp halftone plates
  • 0192851322
  • 9780192851321

Review Text

Missionaries, soldiers and explorers from nine different countries scrambled to commandeer Lhasa when Tibet was forcibly opened up to foreigners in the nineteenth century. Peter Hopkirk tackles another chapter of colonial history. (Kirkus UK)show more

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