Sino-Tibetan Relations on the Inner Asian Frontier 2020 /CourseID:1190

Detailed information

Most recent entry on 2020-07-23 

Organisational Unit

Lehrstuhl für Sinologie

Recording type

Vorlesungsreihe

Via

Free

Language

English

This course will offer a survey of the history of the Tibetan plateau and its cultures, focusing specifically on Sino-Tibetan cultural and political exchanges ranging from the later days of the Tibetan Empire (7th-9th centuries AD) to the present day. This journey will take us across more than 1,300 years of history, beginning with the consolidation of tribal confederations into the Yarlung Dynasty, the innovation of written Tibetan scripts, and the early spread of Buddhism in the seventh century AD. Following the collapse of the Tibetan Empire in the ninth century, we will learn how the ensuing period of fragmentation was not, in fact, a cultural dark age, but laid the ideological groundwork for the emergence of Buddhism as a titanic political and economic force on the Tibetan cultural stage in the 10th and 11th centuries. Having outlined aspects of the early cultural history of Tibet in the first four weeks, in weeks six through nine, we will focus on Sino-Tibetan exchanges, conflicts, and questions regarding political suzerainty under the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. We will approach the 20th century in the final four weeks of the course, first focusing on the so called great game and the colonial ambitions of Russia and England with regard to the Inner Asian Frontier and the consequences of the British Invasion of Tibet in 1904. Finally, we will conclude with lectures on the post-1959 Sino-Tibetan dialogue, assessing representations of Tibet from China, the West, and the Tibetan diaspora.

Associated Clips

Episode
Title
Lecturer
Updated
Via
Duration
Media
1
Week 2 Lecture
Dr. Alexander Smith
2020-04-23
Free
00:26:06
3
Week 3 Lecture
Dr. Alexander Smith
2020-04-23
Free
00:28:26
4
Week 4 Lecture -- The Imperial Period and the 'First Spread' of Buddhism
Dr. Alexander Smith
2020-05-09
Free
00:26:53
5
Week 5 Lecture -- The fall of the Empire, the Period of Fragmentation, and the Buddhist Renaissance
Dr. Alexander Smith
2020-05-15
Free
00:27:47
6
Week 6 Lecture
Dr. Alexander Smith
2020-05-25
Free
00:27:34
7
Weeks 7 and 8 -- the Decline of the Sakya Hegemony, the rise of the Pagmodrupa Dynasty, and Sino-Tibetan relations during the Ming.
Dr. Alexander Smith
2020-06-11
Free
00:34:23
8
Weeks 9 and 10 -- the rise of the Geluk and the first stages of Sino-Tibetan relations during the Qing
Dr. Alexander Smith
2020-06-26
Free
00:40:37
9
Weeks 10 and 11 -- Sino-Tibetan Exchanges During the Qing Period, Part 2
Dr. Alexander Smith
2020-06-29
Free
00:21:43
10
Final Lecture -- European Colonial Projections Onto the Plateau and the Late Qing
Dr. Alexander Smith
2020-07-23
Free
00:24:42

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