Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy : China's Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands

Khan, Sulmaan Wasif author

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  • Creator Sulmaan Wasif Khan
  • Format Books
  • Publication Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2015]
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  • Physical Details
    • xxiv, 189 pages : maps ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9781469621104, 146962110X, 9781469621111
  • OCLC ocn893452578


  • "What Chinese policymakers confronted in Tibet, Khan argues, was not a 'third world' but a 'fourth world' problem: Beijing was dealing with peoples whose ways were defined by statelessness. As it sought to tighten control over the restive borderlands, Mao's China moved from empire-lite to a harder, heavier imperial structure. That change triggered long-lasting shifts in Chinese foreign policy. Moving from capital cities to far-flung mountain villages, from top diplomats to nomads crossing disputed boundaries in search of pasture, this book shows Cold War China as it has never been seen before and reveals the deep influence of the Tibetan crisis on the political fabric of present-day China"--Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-176) and index.


  • Cast of characters -- Chronology of main events -- Prologue -- The road to Lhasa -- Imperial crises, imperial diplomacy -- Border crossers : the Sino-Nepali frontier -- Muslim, trader, nomad, spy : the Sino-Indian frontier -- Epilogue: Worlds shattered, worlds reforged
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