The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China: A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of…

Hardcover | March 31, 2015

byPeter Schwieger

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A major new work in modern Tibetan history, this book follows the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism's trülku (reincarnation) tradition from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, along with the Emperor of China's efforts to control its development. By illuminating the political aspects of the trülku institution, Schwieger shapes a broader history of the relationship between the Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China, as well as a richer understanding of the Qing Dynasty as an Inner Asian empire, the modern fate of the Mongols, and current Sino-Tibetan relations.

Unlike other pre-twentieth-century Tibetan histories, this volume rejects hagiographic texts in favor of diplomatic, legal, and social sources held in the private, monastic, and bureaucratic archives of old Tibet. This approach draws a unique portrait of Tibet's rule by reincarnation while shading in peripheral tensions in the Himalayas, eastern Tibet, and China. Its perspective fully captures the extent to which the emperors of China controlled the institution of the Dalai Lamas, making a groundbreaking contribution to the past and present history of East Asia.

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A major new work in modern Tibetan history, this book follows the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism's trülku (reincarnation) tradition from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, along with the Emperor of China's efforts to control its development. By illuminating the political aspects of the trülku institution, Schwieger shapes a b...

Peter Schwieger is professor of Tibetology and the head of the Department of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. His current research focuses on the political and social history of Tibet based on archival material.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:March 31, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231168527

ISBN - 13:9780231168526

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. The Historical Development of the Trülku Position2. A Trülku as the Head of Society3. Struggle for Buddhist Government4. The Emperor Takes Control5. Buddhist Government Under the Imperial Umbrella6. Imperial Authority Over the Trülku Institution7. The AftermathConclusionAppendix 1: Tibetan Reincarnation Lines of Major Political SignificanceAppendix 2: Qing Emperors and Qoshot Kings of TibetAbbreviationsNotesTibetan Orthographic EquivalentsBibliographyIndex

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[The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China] does Tibetan studies a great service.... An essential resource.