Modern Political History of Tibet
Tibet was once a great military power that “carved for itself a huge empire in Central Asia,” according to the Web site Friends of Tibet. Throughout its long history, Tibet has clashed with China several times, often violently. Learn more about the history of Tibet with the following sites.
The Japan Times explains how the Chinese government, though it is officially atheist, has attempted to determine how Tibetan Buddhism is practiced, including how Tibetans choose their spiritual leaders.
BBC provides a timeline of significant events in the political history of Tibet. The chronology begins with the unification of Tibet in the 7th to 9th centuries, and traces a narrative through the birth of the 14th Dalai Lama and Chinese takeover of the 1950s. Nine events listed from 2007 to the present help readers understand contemporary Tibet, in addition to the conflict’s roots.
In the early 1950s, China invaded Tibet, enforcing its claim to ownership of the region. The ... read more »
Protests surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games brought renewed attention to Tibet, and ... read more »
The Dalai Lama and advocates of Tibetan political sovereignty maintain that since the 1951 invasion ... read more »