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William Woodville Rockhill, Scholar-Diplomat of the Tibetan Highlands
By: Kenneth Wimmel

Our Price: $28.95
Members Price: $26.06
Author: Kenneth Wimmel
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9745240222

Product Code: 12376

A new biography of the American diplomat and linguist William Rockhill (1854-1914)
William Woodville Rockhill’s renown is experiencing a revival among members of a growing group. Tibetan Buddhism, its art and philosophy, now attracts more students and a wider general audience beyond that still small circle of Tibetan scholars. Rockhill's name, once almost forgotten except in connection with the formulation of the historic 'Open Door Policy' for China, comes up for reasons closer to his own heart. Rockhill was the first American to learn to read, write and speak Tibetan fluently, and one of the first Westerners to be hosted by the Dalai Lama, conversing with the spiritual leader directly in his own language. Scholars in most fields are usually pictured in a cloistered existence, but this was and still is often untrue for those studying Tibet and its culture. They, and Rockhill as well, have often been happiest when on a difficult and dangerous pilgrimage. Rockhill’s background in the French Foreign Legion and as a rancher in the far west served him well for his later historic travels into Tibet.

William Woodville Rockhill, Scholar-Diplomat of the Tibetan Highlands, Kenneth Wimmel, Orchid Press, Hardcover, 2003, 238 Pages, $28.95

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Somehow Dissapointing June 2, 2007
Reviewer: Peter†Vandeurzen from woodstock,†NY†United States  

If you would like to learn more about William Woodville Rockhill as a Tibetan scholar, then this biography is dissapointing It recounts only in a very short part of this book his travels to Tibet and his meeting with H.H. Dalai Lama. But if your interests are beyond that, and especially American-Chinese relations around the 1900, this book is a very interesting read.

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