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

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


Author:Melvyn C. Goldstein
Ben Jiao
Tanzen Lhundrup

Publisher:University of California Press

Publish Year:2009

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Hard Back

Subject:Tibet | Tibetan History | Tibetan Politics | Culture and Customs


Remarks:B&W Photographs, Fugures and Maps.


Size:160 x 236 mm


Price:USD 20.60

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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 tendeny to view every sign of unrest in Tibet in ethno-nationalist terms.

    Melvyn C. Goldstein

    Ben Jiao

    Tanzen Lhundrup

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