It is largely thanks to such people as Alexandra David-Neel, W. Y. Evans-Wentz, and Lama Govinda that Tibet had been made known to people in the West. it is their writings, lectures as well as adopted lifestyles, as in the case of David-Neel and Lama Govinda, that Tibet became intelligible, and they are the heroes and spokespersons who make known the wonders and mysteries in "Pioneers of Tibet". This book is about those passionate souls who would leave no stone unturned to get at the heart of what Tibet is about, and this book is aimed at paying tribute to them.
"Waziristan to Tibet" tells the story of Colonel Brander's experiences in the 32nd Sikh Pioneers, using his history of the Regiment, his personal recollections of its campaigns 1882-1910, and other contemporary sources.
Author: Cyril Lucas
Colonel Brander's service in and eventual command of the 32nd Sikh Pioneers put him in personal contact with the problems of India's frontiers a century ago and reveal how little has changed other than the scale of weaponry and cost of conflict in a savage landscape and barbarous region. America's ten year War in Afghanistan has seemed interminable to her people. To her Taliban opponents it has been a short phase in their Holy Jihad which has continued for hundreds of years since the birth of the Wahhabi cult, and for Waziri tribesmen violence has seemed the natural state of society ever since the invasion of Alexander the Great. "Waziristan to Tibet" tells the story of Colonel Brander's experiences in the 32nd Sikh Pioneers, using his history of the Regiment, his personal recollections of its campaigns 1882-1910, and other contemporary sources. Its background covers the relationship of Britain and Afghanistan from a troubled beginning with accounts of the disasters and successes of the 1st and 2nd Afghan Wars, the perennial political problems along India's' tribal frontiers, the role of the Wahhabi sect which developed into the Taliban as it is today, the 'Great Game' of political strategy played out between Britain and Russia, and the British Invasion of Tibet 1903/04 which was motivated by fears of the Tsar's conquests in central Asia and his expansionist intentions towards the jewel of the British Empire, only to be marred by political indecision and incompetent military leadership. The feats of personal endurance demanded by service in the 'Indian Army' of Colonel Brander's day may seem to surpass fiction but they are recorded by history as fact. His colorful personal story portrays vanished days of the Raj at its apogee, as well as the unchanging dynamics underlying today's conflict in Afghanistan and the dire consequences of Tibet's attempt to preserve its treasured mediaeval isolation in a changing world.
“It strips off the garments of civilization and arrays him in the hunting shirt and
moccasin,” he said of the frontier's impact on the pioneers, who, in Turner's view,
used their American competency and frontier skills to wrest a civilization from the
Author: Douglas Wissing
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Dr. Albert Shelton was a medical missionary and explorer who spent nearly twenty years in the Tibetan borderlands at the start of the last century. During the Great Game era, the Sheltons' sprawling station in Kham was the most remote and dangerous mission on earth. Raising his family in a land of banditry and civil war, caught between a weak Chinese government and the British Raj, Shelton proved to be a resourceful frontiersman. One of the West's first interpreters of Tibetan culture, during the course of his work in Tibet, he was praised by the Western press as a family man, revered doctor, respected diplomat, and fearless adventurer. To the American public, Dr. Albert Shelton was Daniel Boone, Wyatt Earp, and the apostle Paul on a new frontier. Driven by his goal of setting up a medical mission within Lhasa, the seat of the Dalai Lama and a city off-limits to Westerners for hundreds of years, Shelton acted as a valued go-between for the Tibetans and Chinese. Recognizing his work, the Dalai Lama issued Shelton an invitation to Lhasa. Tragically, while finalizing his entry, Shelton was shot to death on a remote mountain trail in the Himalayas. Set against the exciting history of early twentieth century Tibet and China, Pioneer in Tibet offers a window into the life of a dying breed of adventurer.
This book has now been in use for a century, consulted and cherished by literate pilgrims from all over the Tibetan world.
Author: Jamyang Kyhentse Wangpo
Publisher: Serindia Publications
Category: Tibet Autonomous Region (China)
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo's Guide to Central Tibet has now been in use for well over a century, consulted and cherished by literate pilgrims from all over the Tibetan world. Thanks to Akester's considerable effort and dedication, this inimitable guide book has been updated for the modern scholar, researcher and traveller, and in particular for those interested to learn how Tibet was up to very recent times. As it is estimated that more than 95% of the edifices and monuments of Tibet were destroyed in the 1960s, this book has incalculable value.
We killed several thousand of these brave, ill-armed men; and as the story of the fighting is not always pleasant reading, I think it right before describing the punitive side of the expedition to make it quite clear that military ...
Author: Edmund Candler
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
The conduct of Great Britain in her relations with Tibet puts me in mind of the dilemma of a big boy at school who submits to the attacks of a precocious youngster rather than incur the imputation of 'bully.' At last the situation becomes intolerable, and the big boy, bully if you will, turns on the youth and administers the deserved thrashing. There is naturally a good deal of remonstrance from spectators who have not observed the byplay which led to the encounter. But sympathy must be sacrificed to the restitution of fitting and respectful relations. The aim of this record of an individual's impressions of the recent Tibetan expedition is to convey some idea of the life we led in Tibet, the scenes through which we passed, and the strange people we fought and conquered. We killed several thousand of these brave, ill-armed men; and as the story of the fighting is not always pleasant reading, I think it right before describing the punitive side of the expedition to make it quite clear that military operations were unavoidable-that we were drawn into the vortex of war against our will by the folly and obstinacy of the Tibetans.
This last - Lord Cornwallis - seems to have made no effort to stop the Nipalese
from wantonly invading Tibet , not even though the Dalai Lama of Lhasa
appealed to British friendliness to intervene . The Nipalese carried out their raid ...
Author: Harry Johnston
Publisher: Asian Educational Services
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive.We are republishing many of these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
planted in the imaginations of these early New Age pioneers . Tibet became , for
various reasons to be discussed in my conclusion , a trope for New Age
practitioners during this seminal phase of development . Characteristic of the
Author: Frank J. Korom
Publisher: St-Hyacinthe, Quebec : World Heritage Press
rucnen groups around the world : First Americans ( Indians ) , African and South
American native people , Australian aborigines , the oppressed people of Tibet ,
and the Tiananmen Square demonstrators of 1989 in Beijing . She wrote many ...
Author: Mary Joy Breton
Profiles more than forty women from around the world who have made significant contributions to environmental activism
Briefly , the D ' zong was to be assaulted at 4 a . m . on 6th July by three columns
under overall command of Lieutenant Colonel Campbell , Commandant 40th
Pathans , while Lieutenant Colonel Hogge of 23rd Sikh Pioneers was in
Author: M. N. Gulati
The peace mission of 1903 ultimately turned out to be a powerful military expedition of 1904 for which necessary planning was already in place. The Sappers and Sikh pioneers constituted the majority of the force, and a Sapper general was in command.
Khamba Jong in Tibet , where it was proposed to send the Tibet Frontier
Commission . In March 1903 , two military units were directed to build the most
difficult part of this link road . The 32nd Sikh Pioneers reached Rangpo on 24th
March and ...
A chronicle of the missionary's twenty-year effort in the Tibetan borderlands describes how he endeavored to raise his family and establish a medical mission in Lhasa in the face of such factors as civil war, bandits, and the clashes ...
Author: Douglas A. Wissing
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A chronicle of the missionary's twenty-year effort in the Tibetan borderlands describes how he endeavored to raise his family and establish a medical mission in Lhasa in the face of such factors as civil war, bandits, and the clashes between the Chinese government and the British Raj. 12,000 first printing.
Release on 1959-06 | by United States. Consulate General (Hong Kong, China)
44 Million Chinese Yowe Pioneers ( NCNA - English , Peking , May 31 , 1959 )
The number of Young Pioneers in China has ... Region and 270,000 in the
Sinkiang Vigriur autcncmous Recicie In Tibet , Lhasa alone has 700 Young Pioneers .
Author: United States. Consulate General (Hong Kong, China)