History As Propaganda: Tibetan Exiles versus the Peoples Republic of China

Hardcover | October 14, 2004

byJohn Powers

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Despite Chinese efforts to stop foreign countries from granting him visas, the Dalai Lama has become one of the most recognizable and best loved people on the planet, drawing enormous crowds wherever he goes. By contrast, China's charismatically-challenged leaders attract crowds of protestorswaving Tibetan flags and shouting "Free Tibet!" whenever they visit foreign countries. By now most Westerners probably think they understand the political situation in Tibet. But, John Powers argues, most Western scholars of Tibet evince a bias in favor of one side or the other in this continuingstruggle. Some of the most emotionally charged rhetoric, says Powers, is found in studies of Tibetan history. narratives.

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Despite Chinese efforts to stop foreign countries from granting him visas, the Dalai Lama has become one of the most recognizable and best loved people on the planet, drawing enormous crowds wherever he goes. By contrast, China's charismatically-challenged leaders attract crowds of protestorswaving Tibetan flags and shouting "Free Tibe...

John Powers is a Reader at the Centre for Asian Studies and Histories at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is the author of numerous books, including A Concise Encyclopedia of Buddhism (2000) and Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (1995).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.91 inPublished:October 14, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195174267

ISBN - 13:9780195174267

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"History as Propaganda provides a scholarly and dispassionate examination of ways in which Chinese and Tibetans project their claims and counter-claims in the international arena. The book should appeal to all those interested in Tibetan affairs." --Tsering Shakya, author of The Dragon in theLand of Snows