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This book provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to Tibet,its culture and history. A clear and comprehensive overview of Tibet, its culture andhistory. Responds to current interest in Tibet due to continuingpublicity about Chinese rule and growing interest in TibetanBuddhism. Explains recent events within the context of Tibetanhistory. Situates Tibet in relation to other Asian civilizations throughthe ages. Draws on the most recent scholarly and archaeologicalresearch. Introduces Tibetan culture – particularly socialinstitutions, religious and political traditions, the arts andmedical lore. An epilogue considers the fragile position of Tibetancivilization in the modern world.