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Past and Present

Bell Charles

Editeur - Casa editrice

Claredon Press



Anno - Date de Parution


Pagine - Pages


Titolo originale

Tibet Past and Present

Lingua originale

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Ristampa - RÚÚdition - Reprint

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The book deals with Tibetan history from the earliest times, but especially with the aims and movements of the period witnessed by the author early in this century. Anecdotes, conversations with leading Tibetans and quotations from poetry and proverbs illustrate the Tibetan point of view. Sir Charles Bell gives an inside view of the Tibet which he served for eighteen years on the Indo-Tibetan frontier.


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Recensione in lingua italiana

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Born in Calcutta, India. Joined Indian Civil Service 1891 and was posted to Bengal. Transferred to Darjeeling 1900. Appointed British Political Officer in Sikkim 1908, where he met Alexandra David-Neel and briefly became her landlord. Became very influential in politics in Bhutan and Sikkim. Met Dalai Lama XIII in 1910 when HH was forced to flee Chinese invaders and sought refuge in Sikkim. Became close friends and eventually wrote biography of Dalai Lama XIII. Clashed with Alexandra David-Neel some time after this, going so far as to ban her from entering Tibet (she did anyway) and punished her when he found out. Bell himself was frustrated at being initially banned from travel in Tibet further north than Gyantse, finally realizing his lifelong desire to visit Lhasa in November 1920. Retired to Oxford where he wrote authoritatively about Tibet. Described as being tall, fair-haired, easy-going and able to mingle freely with lots of different people with no trace of racism or superiority.

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