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The British Empire and Tibet 1900-1922

1st Edition

By Wendy Palace


208 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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In August 1904 Sir Francis Younghusband's invasion force reached the forbidden city of Lhasa. The British invasion of Tibet in 1903 acted as a catalyst for change in a world transformed by revolution, war and the rise of a new order. Using unofficial government sources, private papers and the diaries and memoirs of those involved, this book examines the impact of Younghusband's invasion and its aftermath inside Tibet.


'The great value of Dr. Palace's study is to highlight the much neglected China angle to the Tibetan issue … [this book is] helping to indicate the very important place of the Tibetan affair in the story of Western imperialism' - Asian Affairs

Table of Contents

1. The Younghusband Invasion, 1900-1904 2. Masterly Inactivity: Britain's Non-involvement Policy, 1905-1908 3. Beyond the Frontier: The British Administration in Tibet, 1904-1908 4. Delicate Work: The Dalai Lama, The China Service and East Tibet, 1904-1909 5. Revolution, Invasion and Independence: Britain, Tibet and China, 1910-1913 6. Spreading the Rug: The Simla Conference and the Bipartite Settlement, 1912-1914 7. Jordan's Initiative: The China Service and East Tibet, 1914-1919 8. Lhasa Unveiled: Britain and Tibet in the Post War World, 1918-1922 Conclusion

About the Author

Dr Wendy Palace is a founder member of the Tibet Society at Cambridge University. She has worked as Lecturer in History at Durham University and as an Associate Lecturer for The Open University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies