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Soviet Russia and Tibet : the debacle of secret diplomacy, 1918-1930s /
by Alexandre Andreyev.
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2003.
description
xxi, 433 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9004129529
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imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2003.
isbn
9004129529
catalogue key
5002190
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-412) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alexandre Andreyev is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for the History of Science & Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-03-01:
Andreyev (Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences) draws on a variety of sources for his book, including materials from over 20 different archives and numerous secondary works. Supplemented by a list of abbreviations, a glossary, and photographs of the principals in the events, the text focuses on Russia's efforts to checkmate British attempts to reassert its interests in Tibet from 1918 to the 1930s, and, at the same time, to "win it over" to the Soviet side. Helpfully, Andreyev's first chapter and epilogue provide readers with perspective and an appreciation of continuity. The former provides a detailed description of Imperial Russia's activities in Tibet from the 18th century until 1918; the epilogue analyzes Soviet policies from 1945 to 1991. Although the monograph is clearly written and persuasively argued, this little-known diplomatic contretemps will remain confined to a very few specialists. Due to the prohibitive cost of the volume itself, only the most affluent research libraries will, unfortunately, be able to afford it. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Graduate students and faculty. G. E. Snow Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
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' ...a valuable and very readable contribution to our understanding of modern Tibetan history. The author presents a large number of thus-far unknown facts on the activities of Soviet officials in Tibet in the 1920's en 1930's and their assessment of the political, military and social situation in Central Tibet.'Martin Slobodnik, Archiv Orientalni, 2004.' ...clearly written and persuasively argued...'G.E. Snow, Choice, 2004.
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Summaries
Long Description
This is the first investigation into the little-known Bolshevik foreign ministry's strenuous efforts to win Lhasa over to the Soviet cause in the 1920s. Examining the history of relations between Russia (tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet) and Tibet from the 17th century to the 1990s, the author puts at the core of his narrative the previously unknown story of clandestine negotiations between the Soviet government and the 13th Dalai Lama, forming part of Moscow's bitter struggle against British imperialism in Asia.The book provides insight into Soviet secret diplomacy and draws important conclusions relating to the history of Anglo-Russian competition for Tibet and Tibet's status prior to 1951.
Main Description
This is the first investigation into the little-known Bolshevik foreign ministry s strenuous efforts to win Lhasa over to the Soviet cause in the 1920s. Examining the history of relations between Russia (tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet) and Tibet from the 17th century to the 1990s, the author puts at the core of his narrative the previously unknown story of clandestine negotiations between the Soviet government and the 13th Dalai Lama, forming part of Moscow s bitter struggle against British imperialism in Asia.The book provides insight into Soviet secret diplomacy and draws important conclusions relating to the history of Anglo-Russian competition for Tibet and Tibet s status prior to 1951.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Foreword: Looking for Russian sourcesp. xiii
Tsarist Russia and Tibet: An Unwelcome Rapprochementp. 1
The Bolsheviks enter the scenep. 69
Moscow's first Encounter with Lhasa, 1921-1922p. 117
The Soviet Challenge: The Borisov Mission, 1923-1925p. 162
Playing the Mongolian card: The Chapchaev Mission, 1926-1928p. 239
Nicholas Roerich and his "Western Buddhist Embassy"p. 293
The final efforts to win Tibet overp. 319
Conclusions: Tibet between Britain and two Russiasp. 367
Epilogue: In the Aftermath of the Great Gamep. 375
Glossaryp. 395
List of Abbreviationsp. 399
Bibliographyp. 403
Indexp. 413
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