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On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet : the Nyemo Incident of 1969

"Among the conflicts to break out during the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, the most famous took place in the summer of 1969 in Nyemo, a county to the south and west of Lhasa. In this incident, hundreds of villagers formed a mob led by a young nun who was said to be possessed by a deity associated with the famous warrior-king Gesar. In their rampage the mob attacked, mutilated, and killed county officials and villagers as well as locally stationed People's Liberation Army troops. This groundbreaking book, the first on the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, revisits the Nyemo incident, which has long been romanticized as the epitome of Tibetan nationalist resistance against China. Melvyn C. Goldstein, Ben Jiao, and Tanzen Lhundrup demonstrate that far from being a spontaneous battle for independence, this violent event was actually part of a struggle between rival revolutionary groups and was not ethnically based. Drawing on extensive firsthand interviews with surviving participants as well as on unpublished Chinese documents, On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet proffers a sober assessment of human malleability and challenges the tendency to view every sign of unrest in Tibet in ethnonationalist terms."--Jacket
Print Book, English, ©2009
University of California Press, Berkeley, ©2009
xvi, 236 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
9780520256828, 9780520267909, 0520256824, 0520267907
The Cultural Revolution in Tibet
Gyenlo and Nyamdre in Nyemo County
Gyenlo on the attack
Destroying the demons and ghosts
The attacks on Bagor District and Nyemo County
The capture of the nun
"A Philip E. Lilienthal book"--Preliminary page