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Tibet In Agony: Lhasa 1959 [Hardcover]

Item : Tibet In Agony: Lhasa 1959 [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Jianglin Li
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0674088891
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780674088894
Publisher Publisher : Harvard University Press
Pages Pages : 372
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100038370

The Chinese Communist government has twice invoked large-scale military might to crush popular uprisings in capital cities. The second incidentthe notorious massacre in Tiananmen Square in 1989is well known. The first, thirty years earlier in Tibet, remains little understood today. Yet in wages of destruction, bloodshed, and trampling of human rights, the tragic toll of March 1959 surpassed Tiananmen.

Tibet in Agonyprovides the first clear historical account of the Chinese crackdown in Lhasa. Sifting facts from the distortions of propaganda and partisan politics, Jianglin Li reconstructs a chronology of events that lays to rest lingering questions about what happened in those fate-filled days and why. Her story begins with throngs of Tibetan demonstrators whofearful that Chinese authorities were planning to abduct the Dalai Lama, their beloved leaderformed a protective ring around his palace. On the night of March 17, he fled in disguise, only to reemerge in India weeks later to set up a government in exile. But no peaceful resolution awaited Tibet. The Chinese army soon began shelling Lhasa, inflicting thousands of casualties and ravaging heritage sites in the bombardment and the infantry onslaught that followed. Unable to resist this show of force, the Tibetans capitulated, putting Mao Zedong in a position to fulfill his long-cherished dream of bringing Tibet under the Communist yoke.

Lis extensive investigation, including eyewitness interviews and examination of classified government records, tells a gripping story of a crisis whose aftershocks continue to rattle the region today.

Through her meticulous research and engaging narrative, Li is the first to convincingly reconstruct the events that forced the Dalai Lama to escape from Tibet. This pathbreaking book helps us understand why the violence of 1959 still resonates to this day.A wonderful combination of really good storytelling and meticulous, painstaking research. We are left wlQ

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