Bayonets To Lhasa: The British Invasion Of Tibet

by Fleming, Peter

Bayonets To Lhasa: The British Invasion Of Tibet

Price:  US$21.64   (SGD30.05*)
Format:  Paper Back, 308 pages
Published:  2012, United Kingdom, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9781848856981
SB#:  053366 (101)

About This Book

Softback reissue of Peter Fleming's 1961 account of the 1904 British politico-military expedition to Lhasa. Based on official documents and recently available personal archives and correspondence by some of the leading figures involved, the account reads in places like a fictional thriller. Mixed motivations and now outmoded attitudes and political beliefs as well as high idealism and individual gallantry are shown to form the background and foreground of the seven weeks' occupation of Lhasa and the subsequent Treaty which led to the British departure. The confused scapegoating and name-calling which featured in the British military and civilian power groups in India and London, and the stance of the Russian and Chinese interests are all overviewed. The subsequent influence/occupation by China until 1911 and the proclamation of the independent Republic of Tibet is noted. Repercussions of this chapter of the Great Game of Imperial Britain and Tsarist Russia are still felt today.

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