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This e-book by Helena Drysdale provides a concise history of Tibet from its origins as a kingdom unifying various tribes through to the present day and the Dalai Lama's retirement from politics. Described by television presenter and author Bamber Gascoigne as "extremely readable and full of good detail". Available from Amazon for 3.19. Tibet Society will receive 1 from each sale.

A Brief History of TibetClick here to buy (via Amazon)

Cost: 3.19
(1 will be donated to Tibet Society)

Kindle edition
Published by HistoryWorld, 2012.
Approx 91 pages. Includes timeline and index.

You can download the Kindle Reader here for free for your PC, Mac, iPad, tablet or smartphone.


A Brief History of Tibet

The author, with a personal knowledge of Tibet, traces the emergence of the region from legendary origins to a coherent but typically violent feudal state, strongly influenced by Buddhism (from the 7th century AD). There follows an account of Tibet's development from the 15th century as the world's most famous example of a country led by a spiritual ruler, the Dalai Lama and the emergence two centuries later of a second religious figurehead, the Panchen Lama. The last section of the book describes the tense and dramatic political clash of the present-day between Tibet and China, a major and ongoing problem deriving from the history of the two regions.

HistoryWorld's Pocket History series aims to provide short, clear narrative accounts of important themes in world history. Each book consists of the history itself followed by a detailed timeline of the subject and an index. Together they provide a quick and reliable overview of the subject for anyone, from student of any age to pensioner, who wants to discover what happened and when and why.

The author
Helena Drysdale is the author of five other books of travel, history and memoir: Alone through China and Tibet, an adventure in the 1980s; Dancing with the Dead, a journey through Zanzibar and Madagascar; Looking for George, love and death in Romania; Mother Tongues, travels through tribal Europe; and Strangerland, a family at war. She read history and art history at Cambridge and lives in Somerset.

Tibet Society would like to thank Helena for her generous donation from the proceeds of the sale of her ebook.



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