Academic journal article The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

Book Reviews -- Tibet: Endurance of the National Idea by Stephen R. Bowers and Eva M. Neterowicz

Academic journal article The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

Book Reviews -- Tibet: Endurance of the National Idea by Stephen R. Bowers and Eva M. Neterowicz

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Tibet: Endurance of the National Idea

Stephen R. Bowers & Eva M. Neterowicz

Council for Social and Economic Studies, Washington, D.C. 1995

A thoroughly up-to-date history of the fate of Tibet since the Chinese invasion in 1950. Totally unable to prevent a Chinese military takeover of their country, the small and outdated Tibetan army initially put up a valiant resistance, which did little to even delay the Chinese army influx. Historic monastic treasure houses of Tibetan culture, of great historical value since the country had never been subjugated to external rule (other than mild Chinese suzereignty in past centuries), were levelled by modern artillery fire, monks as the intelligentsia of this peaceful Buddhist nation were executed whenever they sought to resist the conversion of their national culture into that of an alien Marxist regime, while the outside world, including even India, was too intimidated by the Chinese goliath to intervene.

Of particular interest is the chapter entitled "Tibet in the post-Maoist Era." More recently, Beijing has attempted to seduce the Tibetan Buddhist intelligentsia to support its own creed of political philosophy by rebuilding a limited number of monasteries for the limited number of monks who are willing to sell their intellectual freedom for economic survival. …

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