The Tibetan History Reader by Gray TuttleThe Tibetan History Reader by Gray Tuttle

The Tibetan History Reader

EditorGray Tuttle, Kurtis Schaeffer

Paperback | April 9, 2013

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 295 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Covering the social, cultural, and political development of Tibet from the seventh century to the modern period, this resource reproduces essential, hard-to-find essays from the past fifty years of Tibetan studies, along with several new contributions. Beginning with Tibet's emergence as a regional power and concluding with its profound contemporary transformations, the collection is both a general and specific history, connecting the actions of individuals, communities, and institutions to broader historical trends shaping Asia and the world. With contributions from American, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan scholars, the anthology reflects the international character of Tibetan studies and its multiple, interdisciplinary perspectives. By far the most concise scholarly anthology on Tibetan civilization in any Western language, this reader draws a clear portrait of Tibet's history, its relation to its neighbors, and its role in world affairs.

Gray Tuttle is the Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibet in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author of Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China and the editor of Mapping the Modern in Tibet, and coeditor, with Kurtis R. Schaeffer and Matthew T. Kapstein, of So...
Title:The Tibetan History ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:752 pagesPublished:April 9, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231144695

ISBN - 13:9780231144698

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsDates in Tibetan History and Key Events in Neighboring LandsMapsPart I. From Prehistory to History1. The Prehistory of the Tibetan Plateau to the Seventh Century A.D., by Mark Aldenderfer and Zhang Yinong2. Some Reflections on the Periodization of Tibetan History, by Bryan Cuevas3. History as Myth: On the Appropriation of the Past in Tibetan Culture, by Peter SchwiegerPart II. Imperial Tibet (Seventh to Tenth Centuries)4. Remarks on the Mani Kabum and the Cult of Avalokitesvara in Tibet, by Matthew T. Kapstein5. On the Tibetan Historiography and Doxography of the 'Great Debate of Samyé,' by David Seyfort Ruegg.Imperial Politics6. The Context of Old Tibetan Inscriptions, by Fang Kuei Li and W. South Coblin7. The Tibetans in the Ordos and North China: Considerations on the Role of the Tibetan Empire in World History, by Christopher I. BeckwithPart III. Tibetan Revivals (Tenth to Twelfth Centuries)8. The Tibetan Tribes of Hexi and Buddhism during the Northern Song Period, by Tsotumo Iwasaki9. Rulers of Western Tibet, by David Snellgrove10. The Bön Religion of Tibet, by Per Kvaerne11. The Evolution of Monastic Power, by R. A. SteinPart IV. Lamas and Patrons: Tibet and the Mongols (Thirteenth to Fourteenth Centuries)12. The Preceptor-Donor Relation in Thirteenth Century Tibetan Society and Polity, its Inner Asian Precursors and Indian Models, by David Seyfort Ruegg13. The Mongol Census in Tibet, by Luciano Petech14. Sakya Pandita's Letter to the Tibetans: A Late and Dubious Addition to His Collected Works, by David P. JacksonPart V. Centers of Power and Religious Learning (Fourteenth to Eighteenth Centuries)15. The Rise of the Pakmodru Dynasty, by Luciano Petech16. Monastic Patronage in 15th century Tibet, by Turrell V. Wylie17. Central Tibetan Conflict in the 16th Century, by Guiseppe Tucci18. The He Clan of Hezhou: A Tibetan Family in Service to the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, by Elliot Sperling19. Bön in Central and Eastern Tibet, by Samten KarmayPart VI. Modern Tibet (Seventeenth to Twentieth Centuries)Central Tibetan Leadership20. The Dalai Lamas and the Origins of Reincarnate Lamas, by Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp21. The Fifth Dalai Lama, by Kurtis R. Schaeffer22. Experience, Empiricism, and the Fortunes of Authority: Tibetan Medicine and Buddhism on the Eve of Modernity, by Janet GyatsoTibet and the Manchus23. The Administration of Tibet during the First Half-Century of Chinese Protectorate, by Luciano Petech24. Lobjang Danjin's Rebellion of 1723, by Katô Naoto25. Aristocracy and Government in Tibet: 1728-1959, by Luciano PetechTrade and Commerce26. Gold, Wool and Musk: Trade in Lhasa in the Seventeenth Century, by Luce Boulnois27. The Circulation of Estates in Tibet: Reincarnation, Land and Politics, by Melvyn C. Goldstein28. The Geo-History of Long-Distance Trade in Tibet 1850-1950, by Wim van SpengenInstitutional Growth beyond Central Tibet29. The Kingdom of Dergé, by Lauran R. Hartley30. Labrang: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery at the Crossroads of Four Civilizations, by Paul NietupskiTibet in a Global Context 31. Uniting Religion and Politics in a Bid for Autonomy: Lamas in Exile in China and America, by Gray Tuttle32. Progressives and Exiles, by Heather Stoddard33. The Genesis of the Sino-Tibetan Agreement of 1951, by Tsering ShakyaFull References to Original ArticlesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

Students and other readers wishing to obtain an overview of the contemporary field of Tibetan Studies could not do better than to get [The Tibetan History Reader and Sources of Tibetan Tradition].