The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama


Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
April 02, 1999
5.59 X 8.33 X 0.46 inches | 0.49 pounds

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About the Author

Melvyn C. Goldstein is John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and Codirector of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of many books on Tibet, including A Tibetan Revolutionary: The Political Life and Times of Bapa Phรผntso Wangye (with Dawei Sherap and William R. Siebenschuh), Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar, and volumes 1-3 of A History of Modern Tibet, all published by UC Press.


"Remains the best introduction to Tibet."--Nicholas Kristof, "New York Times"
"Despite its poetically symbolic title, this slim, clearly written volume offers the general reader a concise and balanced overview of the complicated history of Tibetan and Chinese relations. . . . Skillfully weaving together the story of Tibet's political, geographic and cultural history, the author spares neither the Chinese, whose political contact with Tibet dates back to the 7th century A.D., nor the current Dalai Lama, whose representatives seem more intent on turning him into a pop-culture icon than working toward a compromise solution."--Nicholas Kristof, "Publishers Weekly"
"In this concise monograph Goldstein skillfully explains the history of the Tibet Question, critically analyzes the contemporary motivations and intentions of key figures in both Beijing and Dharamsala, and boldly offers a peaceful solution to a question that has plagued China's internal and external relations, brought undue suffering to all Tibetans, and is threatening Tibetan culture with irrevocable change." --Nicholas Kristof, "China Review International"
"Clearly written and carefully argued, the book will serve as a source for anyone seeking an understanding of the forces that have shaped contemporary Tibet. It handsomely repays any level of consultation."--Nicholas Kristof, "The China Journal"
"The Snow Lion and the Dragon is an important new source on the Tibet Question. Interested readers will profit from its clear and concise treatment of the major contentious issues, and its author is to be admired for venturing constructive possibilities for their future resolution."--Nicholas Kristof, "Journal of Buddhist Ethics"