Tibet is often lost in the vastness of China, its history subsumed by the more popular Chinese history. Drawing from a wide range of scholarship on its history and polity from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, this volume looks at the Tibetan issue from a fresh perspective. Parshotam Mehra highlights the dynamics of the triangular India-China-Tibet relationship during the Raj and beyond to explore the roots of the complex Tibetan issue.
The book focuses on the evolution of political institutions in Tibet, its relationship with China, and the role of European colonialism in recent Tibetan history. It examines the question of Tibetan sovereignty as well as possible avenues for conflict resolution over this disputed land. The author brings his vast and intimate knowledge of Tibetan history and politics to the fore in the book, addressing the current debates with rigour.