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"Remarkable ... ambitious ... [van Schaik] writes like a storyteller, keeping his reader intrigued."-Michael Sheehy, Buddhadharma magazine -- Michael Sheehy Buddhadharma magazine "In Tibet: A History Sam van Schaik provides an overview of its past from the seventh century AD to the present, calling into question many preconceptions the general reader may have about Tibet, its religion its society and its entertaining read for a wide audience."-Tom Neuheus, BBC History Magazine -- Tom Neuheus BBC History Magazine "[Sam Van Schaik] successfully portrays a wider historical Tibet in an informed, well-researched, unbiased and readable way. It should appeal to scholars and researchers in Tibetan studies and equally to the more general reader."-Priyanka Singh, Asian Affairs -- Priyanka Singh Asian Affairs "A marvellous achievement, Tibet: A History provides a brilliant introduction to the ancient and varied culture of Tibet. Van Schaik expertly combines detailed research with compelling storytelling. Rich with details and lively vignettes, his narrative draws the reader into an imaginative universe, a world that will at once fascinate and complicate one's understanding of Tibet. This book will reward long-time students and casual readers alike."-Jacob P. Dalton, author of The Taming of the Demons: Violence and Liberation in Tibetan Buddhism -- Jacob Dalton

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Sam van Schaik is an expert on the early history of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. He is based at the British Library in London, where he works for the International Dunhuang Project. He is also the founder of the website


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Readable and Relevant 25. September 2011
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Anyone looking for information on China's claims to Tibet, or what really happened when China invaded, or if the Dalai Lamas really were "god kings" (hardly) will want to read this book. I appreciate that the author has no political axe to grind and simply tells a story drawn from meticulous research. Dalai Lama admirers and detractors alike will find surprises here. And, blessedly, it is so well written I found myself getting completely absorbed in the story as I read.

The story told in this book begins more than a thousand years ago, but the work is NOT so overburdened with historic minutiae that it becomes a slog to read, as so many academic histories are. Even so, the work is genuinely informative. Van Schaik does a masterful job clearly explaining what needs to be explained so that events make sense. Historic figures (including lamas) are portrayed honestly, neither deified nor demonized.

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a factual, succinct, and readable history of Tibet.
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Excellent and Timely History 25. Oktober 2012
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I read this book (and several on China) prior to taking a tour of China in June 2012 including a couple of days in Tibet. My rather minimal knowledge of Tibet had been limited to reading the endless Dalai Lama vs. China news stories of the last half century. As noted by reviewer O'Brien, this is a clearly written history and Van Schaik has no political axe to grind.

The history of conflict between the Chinese and Tibetans goes back to the 7th century and has continued on and off ever since. There has also been violent conflict within Tibetan society during their history usually involving Buddhist sects. This can be a little surprising if one has heard nothing but how Buddhism is devoted to finding interior peace. However it is not that much different from Western history - religion, politics and human nature frequently lead to war and intolerance.

My brief time in Lhasa revealed a tense atmosphere and a country undergoing changes - cultural changes forced on them by the Chinese as well as the influence of the modern world. The local tour guide admitted he had to be careful with his statements to us. He did say that tourism, a growing source of income in the area, was much more limited in 2012 than in 2011. This was apparently due to recent "self-immolations" by Tibetan Buddhist monks. The Chinese government limits outside visitors when Tibetan protests are in progress. The military and police, who were prominent throughout China, were more heavily armed in Lhasa.

This is a time of continuing change and conflict in Tibet. The same is true within China and between China and all of its neighbor countries. It is helpful to us on the outside to have an understanding of the history of both China and Tibet. This book is an excellent contribution to that understanding.
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Kindle--No pictures -- Maps unreadable 28. Mai 2013
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The content of the book looks wonderful. However...

Yale was unable to secure the rights to reproduce the pictures. It would have been nice to know that before I made the purchase. On the Amazon page. (Perhaps I might have seen it in the preview, but I didn't and I haven't checked if it was visible.) And telling you to check the printed version just makes it worse. If I'd had access to the printed version, I wouldn't have bought the electronic version.

Plus the maps are unreadable, at least to my eyes.

I expect better from Yale, a great university press. And Amazon.
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An insightful and good read! 23. Februar 2013
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Five, because I am enjoying it so much.
It's very well researched, and written succinctly, almost chatty and intimate - certainly without the odour of scholasticism.
It adds to the growing recent histories that are dispelling the all-too- romantic ideas of Tibet the westeners often seems so infatuated with.
Schaik is intelligent and balanced.
I'm very keen to see how he treats the last sixty years - so I'll update this when I've finished!
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Hard to Put Down 23. Juni 2014
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A very readable and well-researched history. The book provides an excellent background for anyone trying to understand the context of Tibetan art or spiritual traditions. A very minor criticism is that I wish it had a glossary. When a term or person is first mentioned, there is an excellent description though.
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