Special Topics in Asian History: The Politics of Modern Tibet

History 100F.001

Fall 2016
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Stacey Van Vleet
Location: 
HFAXB5
Day & Time: 
TuTh 1230-2P
CCN: 
30718
Units: 
4

For over a hundred years, the political status of Tibet has commanded a level of attention on the international stage – and within China – seemingly disproportionate to the size of its population and economy, and in spite of its reputation as a remote periphery. This course will examine the historical, cultural, and economic assumptions underlying contemporary discourses of Tibetan politics, and relate them to discourses of global power and peripheries more generally. Grounding discussion in primary sources and critical works from across regions and disciplines, we will examine the roots of current conflict and the ways in which contending Buddhist, nationalist and internationalist projects have contributed to the making of modern Tibet.