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Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation
By: Peter Schwieger

Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China


 
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Author: Peter Schwieger
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780231168526
Publication Date: March 2015

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A major new work in modern Tibetan history, this book follows the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism's tulku (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 tulku 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 Mongol empire, 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.

Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation, Peter Schwieger, Columbia University, Hardcover, 352 pages, 2015, $50.00

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