A Portrait of Lost Tibet

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University of California Press, 1 janv. 1996 - 224 pages
When the Chinese communists came to power in 1949, they moved to reestablish their "traditional" borders and in 1959 annexed Tibet. Most monasteries were closed, nomads were moved onto communes, the nobility were stripped of privileges, forests were cut, roads were paved, military airfields were constructed, and Tibet's communication with the outside world was cut off. A Portrait of Lost Tibet provides rare documentary photographs of traditional Tibetan life as it had been lived for countless generations before the radical disruption effected by the Chinese takeover. Rosemary Jones Tung's text describes the culture Ilya Tolstoy and Brooke Dolan found during their ten-month trek across Tibet in 1942. Tung has selected 131 photographs from the two thousand taken during their expedition. When the Chinese communists came to power in 1949, they moved to reestablish their "traditional" borders and in 1959 annexed Tibet. Most monasteries were closed, nomads were moved onto communes, the nobility were stripped of privileges, forests were cut, roads were paved, military airfields were constructed, and Tibet's communication with the outside world was cut off. A Portrait of Lost Tibet provides rare documentary photographs of traditional Tibetan life as it had been lived for countless generations before the radical disruption effected by the Chinese takeover. Rosemary Jones Tung's text describes the culture Ilya Tolstoy and Brooke Dolan found during their ten-month trek across Tibet in 1942. Tung has selected 131 photographs from the two thousand taken during their expedition.
 

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Avis d'utilisateur  - quilted_kat - LibraryThing

This book contains some of the only photographs ever taken in Tibet before China took over. Tibet was always an isolated country, so very little of their history was recorded or observed by the Western world. Tung provides a very valuable and beautiful resource. Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - tibetboek - LibraryThing

Lovely photos of a (almost) lost world. A lot of information, a look inside a hidden society, a very readable book. Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

CONTENTS
1
Portraits of the People of Tibet
61
The Way of Life
85
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À propos de l'auteur (1996)

Rosemary Jones Tung is Professor Emerita of Asian Art History, CUNY Staten Island, and former Curator of the Tibetan Museum there. Ilya Tolstoy led expeditions to central Asia; Brooke Dolan, educated at Princeton and Harvard, spoke several Tibetan dialects. In 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt sent them to Tibet on a diplomatic mission which yielded the photographs selected for this book.

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