It's Raining Books Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Interviews | September 2, 2014

Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
  1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Bone Clocks

    David Mitchell 9781400065677

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$25.00
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Asia- Tibet

Tibet: A History

by

Tibet: A History Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Cradled among the worlds highest mountains—and sheltering one of its most devout religious communities—Tibet is, for many of us, an ultimate destination, a place that touches the heavens, a place only barely in our world, at its very end. In recent decades Western fascination with Tibet has soared, from the rise of Tibetan studies in academia to the rock concerts aimed at supporting its independence to the simple fact that most of us know—far from any base camp—exactly what a sherpa is. And yet any sustained look into Tibet as a place, any attempt to find ones way around its high plateaus and through its deep history, will yield this surprising fact: we have barely mapped it. With this atlas, Karl E. Ryavec rights that wrong, sweeping aside the image of Tibet as Shangri-La and putting in its place a comprehensive vision of the region as it really is, a civilization in its own right. And the results are absolutely stunning.

The product of twelve years of research and eight more of mapmaking, A Historical Atlas of Tibet documents cultural and religious sites across the Tibetan Plateau and its bordering regions from the Paleolithic and Neolithic times all the way up to today. It ranges through the five main periods in Tibetan history, offering introductory maps of each followed by details of western, central, and eastern regions. It beautifully visualizes the history of Tibetan Buddhism, tracing its spread throughout Asia, with thousands of temples mapped, both within Tibet and across North China and Mongolia, all the way to Beijing. There are maps of major polities and their territorial administrations, as well as of the kingdoms of Guge and Purang in western Tibet, and of Derge and Nangchen in Kham. There are town plans of Lhasa and maps that focus on history and language, on population, natural resources, and contemporary politics.

Extraordinarily comprehensive and absolutely gorgeous, this overdue volume will be a cornerstone in cartography, Asian studies, Buddhist studies, and in the libraries or on the coffee tables of anyone who has ever felt the draw of the landscapes, people, and cultures of the highest place on Earth. 

Synopsis:

A timely and illuminating history of Tibet, from the seventh century to what it means to be Tibetan today

Synopsis:

This timely and insightful history of Tibet spans from the seventh century to modern times, in a lively narrative that sheds light on the country's complex relationship with China, and it explores what it means to be Tibetan today.

Synopsis:

Situated north of the Himalayas, Tibet is famous for its unique culture and its controversial assimilation into modern China. Yet Tibet in the twenty-first century can only be properly understood in the context of its extraordinary history.

Sam van Schaik brings the history of Tibet to life by telling the stories of the people involved, from the glory days of the Tibetan empire in the seventh century through to the present day. He explores the emergence of Tibetan Buddhism and the rise of the Dalai Lamas, Tibet's entanglement in the "Great Game" in the early twentieth century, its submission to Chinese Communist rule in the 1950s, and the troubled times of recent decades.

Tibet sheds light on the country's complex relationship with China and explains often-misunderstood aspects of its culture, such as reborn lamas, monasteries and hermits, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the role of the Dalai Lama. Van Schaik works through the layers of history and myth to create a compelling narrative, one that offers readers a greater understanding of this important and controversial corner of the world.

About the Author

Sam van Schaik is an expert on the early history of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. He is based at the British Library in London, where he works for the International Dunhuang Project. He is also the founder of the website www.EarlyTibet.com.

Table of Contents

Preface

Notes on Gazetteer: Phonetic and Literary Romanization

A Note on Sources

Introduction

Map 1. Tibet and the Tibetan culture region

Map 2. Tibet and surrounding civilizations

Map 3. Major regions and natural features of Tibet

Map 4. Tibetan macroregions

Map 5. The structure of Tibetan history: Core regions, peripheries, and trade networks circa 1900

Graph of the growth of Buddhist temples and monasteries in core regions ca. 600–1950

Map 6. The historical Tibetan world: Travel time and main trade patterns circa 1900

Table 1. Long-distance trade items listed in the Yushu Diaocha Ji (Yushu investigation record), 1919

A brief overview of the use and production of money in Tibet

Map 7. The Tibetic languages

Table 2. The Tibetic languages

Map 8. How to use this atlas: Map coverage and cartographic conventions

Part 1: The prehistorical and ancient periods, circa 20,000 BCE to 600 CE

Map 9. Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures on the Tibetan Plateau, circa 30,000–2000 BCE

Map 10. The ancient Tibetan world, circa 2000 BCE to 600 CE

Forts and royal residences listed in Bonpo literary sources

Ancient principalities (rGyal phran) according to circa 9th-century Dunhuang documents

Part 2: The Imperial Period, circa 600–900

Map 11. Territorial administration system and important religious sites of the Imperial Period, circa 600–842

Territories of the administrative chiefs (mKhos dpon)

Garrisons (Khrom chen po)

The one thousand  household districts (sTong sde) of Upper Zhangzhung, Lower Zhangzhung, and Sumpa Horn

The Horn (Ru), Border Subduing (mTha dul), and Frontier (Yang dul) Temples

Map 12. Central Tibet circa 600–842: The imperial territorial administration system

The Eighteen Shares of Power (dBang ris bco brgyad)

The Four Horns of Tibet (Bod ru bzhi)

The one thousand  household districts (sTong sde) and administrative districts (Yul dpon tshan / Yul sde) of Central Horn, Right Horn, Left Horn, and Branch Horn

Map 13. Central Tibet circa 600–900: Religious and cultural sites of the Imperial Period

Lhasa town plan

The thirty-seven holy/assembly places of the Bonpo

Map 14. Central Tibet 650–764: Annual sites of the royal court and council

Annual sites of the Tibetan Royal Court (Pho brang) and council (Dun ma)

Chronology of the Tibetan emperors (bTsan po)

Part 3: The Period of Disunion, circa 900–1642

Map 15. Major polities and important religious sites during the aftermath of empire and the Second Diffusion of Buddhism, circa 842–1240

The Kagyu schools

Map 16. Central Tibet circa 900–1240: Aftermath of empire and religious sites founded during the Second Diffusion of Buddhism

Lhasa Valley plan

Lhasa town plan

The regional principalities (rJe dpon tshan)

Map 17. Ngari circa 900–1100: The kingdoms of Ngari Khorsum

Map 18. Religious and cultural sites founded in the core region of the Guge Kingdom, circa 10th–14th centuries

The twenty-one minor foundations of Rinchen Zanpo

Chronology of the kings of Guge, part 1

Map 19. Religious and cultural sites founded in Purang and the Kailash region, circa 10th–17th centuries

Map 20. Ngari circa 1100–1250: Guge divided and the rise of Yatse

Map 21. Amdo circa 900–1240: The Tsongkha Kingdom, and religious sites founded during the Second Diffusion of Buddhism

Map 22. Major polities and important religious sites of the Mongol Empire Period, circa 1240–1354

Mongol administrative system for Tibet

Map 23. Central Tibet circa 1240–1354: Symbolic Sakya rule and religious sites founded during the Mongol Empire Period

The ten thousand household districts (Khri skor / Wanhu)

Map 24. Ngari circa 1250–1365: Yatse-Gungtang rivalry during the Mongol Empire Period

Map 25. Amdo circa 1240–1368: The Mongol conquest and religious sites founded during the Mongol Empire Period

Map 26. Important Tibeto-Mongol Buddhist monasteries founded during the 12th–16th centuries

Map 27. Important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of Beijing founded during the Yuan and Ming Periods, circa 13th–16th centuries

Map 28. Major polities and important religious sites of the Pakmodrupa Period, circa 1354–1642

Chinese Ming Dynasty titles bestowed on important Tibetan religious hierarchs

Birthplaces of the First through Fifth Dalai Lamas

Birthplaces of the First through Fourth Panchen Lamas

Map 29. Central Tibet circa 1354–1642: Rival powers and religious sites founded during the Pakmodrupa Period

Lhasa Valley plan

Lhasa town plan

Fortresses (rDzong) established circa 1350–60 by the Pakmodrupa

Principal fiefs and estates of the Pakmodrupa, circa 1300s

Map 30. Ngari circa 1365–1630: The resurgence of Guge

Map 31. Religious and cultural sites in the core region of the Guge Kingdom, circa 15th–17th centuries

Tsaparang Fort plan

Toling Monastery plan

Chronology of the kings of Guge, part 2

Map 32. Amdo circa 1368–1644: Local monastic powers in relation to Chinas Ming Dynasty

Part 4: The Ganden Podrang Period (Kingdom of the Dalai Lamas)

Map 33. Major polities of the Ganden Podrang Period, circa 1642–1900

Map 34. Important religious and cultural sites of the Ganden Podrang Period, circa 1642–1951

Main annual Tibetan trade fairs

Birthplaces of the Sixth through Fourteenth Dalai Lamas

Birthplaces of the Fifth through Eleventh Panchen Lamas

Map 35. Central Tibet circa 1642–1951: Religious and cultural sites of the Ganden Podrang Period

Lhasa Valley plan

Lhasa town plan

Fortresses (rDzong) of the Ganden Podrang governments territorial administration system circa 1830

Fortresses and estates supervised by the Tashi Lhunpo Monastic Corporation (bLa brang) until 1923

Map 36. Frontiers and forts of the Ganden Podrang Period, circa 1900–1951

Fortresses (rDzong) and estates (gZhis ka) staffed by lay or ecclesiastic governors

Boundaries of the Simla Convention signed by Great Britain and Tibet in 1914

Map 37. Central Tibet circa 1912–1951: The territorial administration system of the Ganden Podrang government

Fortresses (rDzong) and estates (gZhis ka) staffed by lay or ecclesiastic governors

Map 38. Ngari circa 1630–1959: Incorporation into Tibets Ganden Podrang administrative system

Map 39. Amdo circa 1644–1911: Local monastic powers in relation to Chinas Qing Dynasty

Map 40. Kham circa 1642–1911: The Khampa polities in relation to Central Tibet and China

Main polities of Eastern Kham and Gyelrong

The thirty-nine Hor tribes

Map 41. The Derge Kingdom: Territorial administration system, circa 1630–1909

Forts and palaces of the Derge Kingdom

Map 42. The Nangchen Kingdom: Territorial administration system, circa 1725–1951

The one hundred household districts (Be hu / Baihu)

The twenty-five tribes of Yushu

Major annual trade fairs frequented by long-distance traders

Map 43. Important Tibeto-Mongol Buddhist monasteries founded during the Qing Period, 1644–1911

Map 44. Important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of Beijing during the Qing Period, 1644–1911

Map 45. Important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of the Greater Beijing area during the Qing Period, 1644–1911

Conclusion

Map 46. Natural resources of the Tibetan Plateau

Map 47. Main land cover patterns of the Tibetan Plateau, circa 2000

Map 48. The Tibetan population, circa 2000

Map 49. Tibet in the Peoples Republic of China, circa 2000: The territorial administration system

Acknowledgments

Historical Photograph Sources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300194104
Author:
Van Schaik, Sam
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Schaik, Sam Van
Author:
Ryavec, Karl E.
Subject:
World History - India
Subject:
India
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 b/w illus.
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
History and Social Science » Asia » Tibet
History and Social Science » World History » China
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » India
Religion » Eastern Religions » Buddhism » Tibetan Buddhism

Tibet: A History New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$25.00 In Stock
Product details 216 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300194104 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
A timely and illuminating history of Tibet, from the seventh century to what it means to be Tibetan today
"Synopsis" by ,
This timely and insightful history of Tibet spans from the seventh century to modern times, in a lively narrative that sheds light on the country's complex relationship with China, and it explores what it means to be Tibetan today.
"Synopsis" by , Situated north of the Himalayas, Tibet is famous for its unique culture and its controversial assimilation into modern China. Yet Tibet in the twenty-first century can only be properly understood in the context of its extraordinary history.

Sam van Schaik brings the history of Tibet to life by telling the stories of the people involved, from the glory days of the Tibetan empire in the seventh century through to the present day. He explores the emergence of Tibetan Buddhism and the rise of the Dalai Lamas, Tibet's entanglement in the "Great Game" in the early twentieth century, its submission to Chinese Communist rule in the 1950s, and the troubled times of recent decades.

Tibet sheds light on the country's complex relationship with China and explains often-misunderstood aspects of its culture, such as reborn lamas, monasteries and hermits, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the role of the Dalai Lama. Van Schaik works through the layers of history and myth to create a compelling narrative, one that offers readers a greater understanding of this important and controversial corner of the world.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.