Political and Military History of Tibet  -  Volume I

Political and Military History of Tibet - Volume I

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Author: Gyaltse Namgyal Wangdue
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Yeshi Fhondup
Publisher: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives
Year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 242
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789380359623


The Political and Military History of Tibet is virtually the first comprehensive Tibetan military history. Based on many historical and biographical sources, including eyewitness accounts of many veterans of Tibetans’ war of resistance against the communist Chinese in 1950-59, as well as the author’s own experience during his military service in Tibet, this volume elaborates the evolution of the Tibetan Army and various wars it fought with foreign forces throughout the Tibetan history.

Besides military history, this volume covers Tibetan political history, especially Sino-Tibetan political intricacies and Tibetan internal political struggle during the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as detailed description of the XIV Dalai Lama’s miraculous escape to India in 1959 on the eve of PLA’s violent suppression.

The author, Namgyal Wangdu, is a retired army officer of the special Frontier Force (SFF), also known by Est. 22, based in Dehradun, India. HE also served as an army officer in the traditional Tibetan army Until 1959.


Author’s Preface
Translator’s Note

Part I

1. Tibetan Military System during the Period of the Tibetan Buddhist Kings
2. The Situation of Tibetan Military During the Rules of Sakya, Phagdru, Rinpung and Tsangpa
3. Tibetan Military System During the Reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama
4. Tibet’s Military System during the time of the Seventh Dalai Lama
5. Tibetan Army During the Time of the 13th Dalai Lama
6. The Headquarters of the Tibetan Army
7. Institutional System of the Tibetan Army
8. Tibetan Military System during the Period of the 14th Dalai Lama

Part II

9. Wars in Ancient Times
10. The Tibetan Army During the Reign of Songsten Gampo
11. Tibet’s Military Conquest in Asia during the Reign of King Trisong Deutsen
12. Peace Treaties signed between Tibet and China during the Reign of Tri Ralpachen
13. The fall of the Tibetan Empire after king Langdar’s Suppression of Buddhism
14. The Emergence of Regional Leaders and Civil wars during the period of Political disintegration of Tibet
15. Series of Wars fought by Tibet
16. Wars fought by Tibet during the reign of the seventh dalai Lama
17. Anglo-Tibetan Conflicts
18. Regional Conflicts During the Periods of Sakya, Phagdru Rinpung and Tsangpa
19. List of correct spelling to Tibetan names
20. Pictures