Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a by Carole McGranahan

By Carole McGranahan

In the Nineteen Fifties, hundreds of thousands of normal Tibetans rose as much as safeguard their state and faith opposed to chinese language troops. Their citizen military fought via 1974 with covert help from the Tibetan exile govt and the governments of India, Nepal, and the U.S.. many years later, the tale of this resistance is just starting to learn and has now not but entered the annals of Tibetan nationwide background. In Arrested Histories, the anthropologist and historian Carole McGranahan indicates how and why histories of this resistance military are “arrested” and explains the resultant repercussions for the Tibetan refugee community.

Drawing on wealthy ethnographic and old study, McGranahan tells the tale of the Tibetan resistance and the social approaches wherein this historical past is made and unmade, and lived and forgotten within the current. success of veterans’ wish for reputation hinges at the Dalai Lama and “historical arrest,” a tradition within which the telling of convinced pasts is suspended till an undetermined time sooner or later. during this research, struggles over background come to be a profound discomfort of belonging. Tibetan cultural politics, local identities, and non secular commitments can't be disentangled from imperial histories, modern geopolitics, and romanticized representations of Tibet. relocating deftly from armed fight to nonviolent starvation moves, and from diplomatic places of work to refugee camps, Arrested Histories offers strong insights into the stakes of political engagement and the cultural contradictions of daily life.

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