Modern Political History of Tibet
Tibet was once a great military power that “carved for itself a huge empire in Central ... read more »
In the early 1950s, China invaded Tibet, enforcing its claim to ownership of the region. The signing of the Seventeen-Point Agreement, the Chinese “liberation” of Tibet and the establishment of military and administrative headquarters in Tibet by the People’s Republic are controversial events that shaped the course of Tibet’s history over the second half of the 20th century. Learn more about the Chinese annexation of Tibet using the resources below.
The New York Times published an opinion piece in 2008 by Elliot Sperling, director of the Tibetan Studies program at Indiana University, in which he attempts to clarify the historical accuracy of Tibet’s assertion that it is, and always has been, an autonomous country, and China’s assertion that Tibet has been a Chinese province since it was conquered by the Mongols.
PBS Frontline’s “Dreams of Tibet” page presents links to a variety of documents discussing the impact of China in Tibet.
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 »