On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet: The Nyemo Incident of 1969

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University of California Press, 5 janv. 2009 - 264 pages
Among the conflicts to break out during the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, the most famous took place in the summer of 1969 in Nyemo, a county to the south and west of Lhasa. In this incident, hundreds of villagers formed a mob led by a young nun who was said to be possessed by a deity associated with the famous warrior-king Gesar. In their rampage the mob attacked, mutilated, and killed county officials and local villagers as well as People's Liberation Army troops. This groundbreaking book, the first on the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, revisits the Nyemo Incident, which has long been romanticized as the epitome of Tibetan nationalist resistance against China. Melvyn C. Goldstein, Ben Jiao, and Tanzen Lhundrup demonstrate that far from being a spontaneous battle for independence, this violent event was actually part of a struggle between rival revolutionary groups and was not ethnically based. On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet proffers a sober assessment of human malleability and challenges the tendency to view every sign of unrest in Tibet in ethno-nationalist terms.
 

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Introduction
1
The Cultural Revolution in Tibet
11
Gyenlo and Nyamdre in Nyemo County
59
Gyenlo on the Attack
86
Destroying the Demons and Ghosts
107
The Attacks on Bagor District and Nyemo County
122
The Capture of the Nun
137
Conclusions
162
The Nuns Manifesto
183
Leaflet Publishing the Text of a Speech Criticizing the Regional Party Committee
185
The Truth about the Struggle to Seize the Power of the Tibet Daily Newspaper Office
191
Notes
197
Selected Glossary of Correct Tibetan Spellings
213
References
223
Index
229
Droits d'auteur

Epilogue
172

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Melvyn C. Goldstein is John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and the Co-Director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University. Ben Jiao is Deputy Director of the Contemporary Tibetan Research Institute at the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences, Lhasa. Tanzen Lhundrup is Deputy Director of the Social and Economic Institute at the Beijing Tibetology Center, Beijing.

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