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On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet: The Nyemo Incident of 1969

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Among the conflicts to break out during the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, the most famous took place in the summer of 1969 in Nyemo, a county to the south and west of Lhasa. In this incident, hundreds of villagers formed a mob led by a young nun who was said to be possessed by a deity associated with the famous warrior-king Gesar. In their rampage the mob attacked, mutilated, and killed county officials and local villagers as well as People's Liberation Army troops. This groundbreaking book, the first on the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, revisits the Nyemo Incident, which has long been romanticized as the epitome of Tibetan nationalist resistance against China. Melvyn C. Goldstein, Ben Jiao, and Tanzen Lhundrup demonstrate that far from being a spontaneous battle for independence, this violent event was actually part of a struggle between rival revolutionary groups and was not ethnically based. On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet proffers a sober assessment of human malleability and challenges the tendency to view every sign of unrest in Tibet in ethno-nationalist terms.

Synopsis:

"This brave manuscript is the first in any language to look at the Cultural Revolution in Tibet. The material is refreshingly new, coming from the authors' extensive interviews and oral histories collected in recent years. This is extremely valuable, as Tibet is not always accessible to western writers. It is indeed remarkable that the authors have been able to solicit views from both sides of the factional struggle, so that we have now a clear contour of the tragic 1969 Nyemo Incident. This contribution cannot be overstated."and#151;Uradyn E. Bulag, author of The Mongolia-Tibet Interface: Opening New Research Terrains in Inner Asia

"This is an important, accessible, and riveting description of a controversial and significant episode in modern Tibet history that scholars have not previously been able to access."and#151;Robbie Barnett, Columbia University

About the Author

Melvyn C. Goldstein is John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and the Co-Director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University. Ben Jiao is Deputy Director of the Contemporary Tibetan Research Institute at the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences, Lhasa. Tanzen Lhundrup is Deputy Director of the Social and Economic Institute at the Beijing Tibetology Center, Beijing.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Explanation of Romanization, Brackets, and Abbreviations

Introduction

1. The Cultural Revolution in Tibet

2. Gyenlo and Nyamdre in Nyemo County

3. Gyenlo on the Attack

4. Destroying the Demons and Ghosts

5. The Attacks on Bagor District and Nyemo County

6. The Capture of the Nun

7. Conclusions

8. Epilogue

Postscript

Appendix 1. The Nun's Manifesto

Appendix 2. Leaflet Publishing the Text of a Speech Criticizing the Regional Party Committee

Appendix 3. The Truth about the Struggle to Seize the Power of the Tibet Daily Newspaper Office

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520256828
Subtitle:
The Nyemo Incident of 1969
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Goldstein, Melvyn C.
Author:
Jiao, Ben
Author:
Lhundrup, Tanzen
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - Tibet
Subject:
China - History - Cultural Revolution, 1966-
Subject:
Tibet (China) History.
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
World History - India
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090105
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 b/w photographs, 3 maps
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.01 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
History and Social Science » Asia » Tibet
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
History and Social Science » World History » India

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"This brave manuscript is the first in any language to look at the Cultural Revolution in Tibet. The material is refreshingly new, coming from the authors' extensive interviews and oral histories collected in recent years. This is extremely valuable, as Tibet is not always accessible to western writers. It is indeed remarkable that the authors have been able to solicit views from both sides of the factional struggle, so that we have now a clear contour of the tragic 1969 Nyemo Incident. This contribution cannot be overstated."and#151;Uradyn E. Bulag, author of The Mongolia-Tibet Interface: Opening New Research Terrains in Inner Asia

"This is an important, accessible, and riveting description of a controversial and significant episode in modern Tibet history that scholars have not previously been able to access."and#151;Robbie Barnett, Columbia University

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