xviii, 360p., B/W Plts., 5 Maps, Bib., Index, 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. The Vessel and Its Contents 2. Prehistory and Early Legends 3. The Tsenpo's Imperial Dominion 4. Fragmentation and Hegemonic Power 5. The Rule of the Dalai Lamas 6. Tibetan Society 7. Religious Life and Thought 8. The Sites of Knowledge 9. Tibet in the Modern World
"In the past, for largely geographical reasons, Tibet was isolated from the rest of the world, which meant that our country, people and culture were not only shrouded in mystery, but often gravely misunderstood. More recently, as interest has grown, scholarship concerning Tibet has improved beyond expectation, although it has often singled out narrow topics for consideration. In producing this substantial book, which takes a broad view of Tibetans and their civilization, within a long historical perspective, Matthew Kapstein has brought to his work the authority and clarity he has acquired through many years of friendship with and observation of the people of the Land of Snow." - His Holiness The Dalai Lama.