Much writing about Tibet and especially on Tibetan responses to Chinese communist rule has been sentimental and highly polemical. Also, many publications on recent development have been based on travellers' accounts. This volume adopts a more balanced and rigorous analytical approach to modern Tibetan society. Questions of identity and ethnicity in Tibet and the character and course of the anti-Chinese protests since 1987 are principal themes. Earlier history, ideology, economic development and China's post-1980 reforms are also examined.
The development of modern Tibetan studies, Tsering Shakya; British and Indian strategic perceptions of Tibet, Premen Addy; Chinese nationalities policies and the socialist transformation of Tibet, Warren Smith; socio-economic change in Tibet 1950-1990, Melvyn Goldstein; mountain cults and national identity in Tibet, Samten Karmay; Tibetan publications and national identity, Heather Stoddard; politicization and the Tibetan language, Tsering Shakya; the ideological impact on Tibetan art, Per Kvaerne; the Tibetan resistance and the CIA, Jamyang Norbu; Sino-Tibetan negotiations since 1959, Tsering Wangyal; the anti-splittist campaign and the Tibetan political consciousness, Ronald Schwartz; symbolic protest - a study of demonstration 1987-89, Robbie Barnett; the role of nuns in contemporary Tibet, Hanna Havnevik; the rhetoric of dissent - Tibetan pamphleteers, Elliot Sperling.