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Authenticating Tibet

Answers to China’s 100 Questions

Anne-Marie Blondeau (Editor), Katia Buffetrille (Editor), Donald Lopez (Foreword)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 402 pages
ISBN: 9780520249288
April 2008
$34.95, £27.00
The land of Tibet—its people, culture, and religion—has long been both an object of contention and a source of fascination. Since 1959, Tibet has also been at the center of controversy when China's "peaceful liberation" of the land of snows led to the Lhasa uprising and the Dalai Lama's escape to India. Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China's "100 Questions" offers clear and unbiased responses to a booklet published by the Chinese government in 1989, which sought to counter the criticism generated by the Dalai Lama and his followers and offer the PRC's "truth" about Tibet and Tibetans. In Authenticating Tibet, international Tibet scholars provide historically accurate answers to 100 Questions and deal evenhandedly with both China's "truth" about Tibet and that of the Dalai Lama and his followers. Designed for use by a general audience, the book is an accessible reference, free of the polemics that commonly surround the Tibet question. Although these experts refute many of the points asserted by China, they do not offer blanket endorsements for the claims made by the pro-Tibet movement. Instead, they provide an accurate, historically based assessment of Tibet's past and its troubled present.
Preface to the English edition by Katia Buffetrille
Abbreviations and Conventions

I. Historical Facts
II. Human Rights
III. Policies toward the Dalai Lama
IV. Population
V. Religious Belief
VI. Right to Autonomy
VII. Culture and Education
VIII. Economic Development
IX. Livelihood of the People
X. About the Riots in Lhasa

A Comparative Chronology of Tibet and China
Anne-Marie Blondeau is Honorary Professor of Tibetan Studies and Katia Buffetrille is a Research Fellow, both at École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. Donald Lopez is Arthur E. Link Distinguished Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan.
“This book is a must read for anyone paying attention to recent events in Tibet.”—Buddhadharma
“This accessible and timely volume is not likely to be surpassed as the definitive book of reference on Tibet for quite some time.”—Far Eastern Review
“This accessible and timely volume is not likely to be surpassed as the definitive book of reference on Tibet for quite some time.”—Far Eastern Economic Review
“An excellent starting point for scholars researching the issues and a clear explanation of the situation for general readers.”—Choice
“Essential. . . . The book is measured and informed. . . . A nuanced, detailed, up-to-date account.”—Geoffrey Samuel, Cardiff University, UK European Legacy
"This book is a gold mine of extremely valuable information about Tibet not easily accessible otherwise. The contributors show perspective and balance in answering '100 Questions' about Tibet, and they provide a well-thought-out account that will be of great use to all concerned with the Tibetan question."—George Dreyfus, Williams College

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