High Road To China, The: George Bogle, The Panchen Lama And The First British Expedition To Tibet


by Teltscher, Kate

High Road To China, The: George Bogle, The Panchen  Lama And The First British Expedition To Tibet

Price:  US$50.40   (SGD63.00*)
Format:  Hard Cover, 316 pages
Published:  2006, United Kingdom, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9780747584841
SB#:  039667 (101)

About This Book

This is a scholarly but accessible account of the little-known beginnings of Anglo-Tibet relations. Much material is drawn from the letters and diaries of George Bogle (1747-1781). In 1774 Governor Warren Hastings selected a 28-year old Scotsman George Bogle, who had come to Calcutta in 1770 as a Writer's Clerk, to lead the first British mission to Tibet. Tibet was then seen as a possible gateway to the trading riches of the closed country of China. Bogle's journeying and development of his apparently warm friendship with the Third Panchen Lama is discussed along with the Panchen Lama's subsequent visit to Peking to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Emperor Qian Long, during which the Emperor seems to have agreed to "allow" contact with Warren Hasting. Nothing on these lines developed, as the Panchen Lama died in Peking and four months later, Bogle died in Calcutta. With maps, illustrations, references and index.


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