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On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet : The Nyemo Incident of 1969 - Melvyn C. Goldstein

On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet

The Nyemo Incident of 1969

Paperback Published: 28th October 2010
ISBN: 9780520267909
Number Of Pages: 264

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

Industry Reviews

"A heart-pounding narrative interspersed with the cool, distant voice of analysis. From the first page, the reader is graphically immersed in the chaotic world of the Cultural Revolution." Buddhadharma "A vital contribution has been rendered to the literature on both modern Tibet and the Cultural Revolution." Journal Of Asian Stds (Jas) / Se Asia & Western Pacific "Highly commendable for offering insight into this period." Journal Of American History

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Explanation of Romanization, Brackets, and Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Cultural Revolution in Tibetp. 11
Gyenlo and Nyamdre in Nyemo Countyp. 59
Gyenlo on the Attackp. 86
Destroying the Demons and Ghostsp. 107
The Attacks on Bagor District and Nyemo Countyp. 122
The Capture of the Nunp. 137
Conclusionsp. 162
Epiloguep. 172
The Nun's Manifestop. 183
Leaflet Publishing the Text of a Speech Criticizing the Regional Party Committeep. 185
The Truth about the Struggle to Seize the Power of the Tibet Daily Newspaper Officep. 191
Notesp. 197
Selected Glossary of Correct Tibetan Spellingsp. 213
Referencesp. 223
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780520267909
ISBN-10: 0520267907
Series: Philip E. Lilienthal Books (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th October 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.32