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China–Tibet Relations from 1950 untill 2008: the interaction between religion, nationalism, and reform

Mukherjee, Kunal (2010) China–Tibet Relations from 1950 untill 2008: the interaction between religion, nationalism, and reform. Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, 22 (4). pp. 467-483. ISSN 1016-3271

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Abstract

This article takes a look at Chinese state policies toward the predominantly Buddhist community in Tibet from the 1950s till the year 2008 and analyzes to what extent these policies have changed, if at all. After providing some background information in relation to state ideology, the article looks at the decades of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and gives an overview of state policies. Many of these policies show that the Chinese state has followed a policy of high handedness toward this region, which has broader implications in relation to human rights issues and security. “Reforms” introduced in Tibet have had more to do with tightening state control over Tibet rather than raising the material standards of the indigenous people. Ultimately, to understand the complex situation in Tibet, one needs to examine at the interaction between religion, nationalism and state reform in the region. The article argues that state reform needs to be more balanced, taking into consideration the religious sentiments of the local people.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Korean Journal of Defense Analysis
Uncontrolled Keywords: China ; Tibet ; Nationalism
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 55227
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2012 09:20
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:36
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55227

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