By Lezlee Brown Halper
Tibet's enduring fable, lively through the stories of Himalayan adventurers, British army expeditions, and the unconventional, Lost Horizon, continues to be an inspirational fable, a contemporary morality play in regards to the failure of brutality to subdue the human spirit. Tibet additionally routines great "soft energy" as one of many lenses by which the area perspectives China.
This ebook lines the origins and manifestations of the Tibetan fable, as propagated by way of Younghusband, Madam Blavatsky, Himmler, Acheson and Roosevelt. The authors talk about how, after WW2, Tibet-- remoted, misunderstood and with a tiny elite unschooled in political-military realities --- misinterpret the international relations among its large neighbours, India and China, forlornly hoping London or Washington may well intrude. China's People's Liberation military sought not anything under to deconstruct conventional Tibet, unseat the Dalai Lama and "absorb" this substantial sector into the People's Republic, and Lhasa succumbed to China's invasion in 1950.
Drawing on declassified CIA and chinese language files, the authors display Mao's collusion with Stalin to subdue Tibet, double-dealing by means of Nehru, the intense international relations of Chou en Lai and the way Washington see-sawed among the China foyer, who insisted there be no backing for an autonomous Tibet, and Presidents Truman and later Eisenhower, who initiated a covert CIA programme to aid the Dalai Lama and face up to chinese language career. it really is an ignoble saga with few, if any, heroes, except usual Tibetans.