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Introduction to the History of Tibet
Catalog Number CEUS-U 483
Elliot Sperling

This course will survey Tibet's history from its earliest period up through the present day. Students will become acquainted with several facets of Tibet's history, including the Tibetan empire of the 7th-9th centuries, the impact of Buddhism on Tibetan political and social structures, aspects of Tibet's relations with neighboring peoples, the development of the Dalai Lama's government, and the current issue of Tibet.  This course has been approved for credit as a culture option course.

Exams: Midterm and final for undergraduate and graduate students; graduate students will also be required to write a paper.

Texts: Tsepon W.D. Shakabpa, Tibet. A Political History. Graduate Students will also be assigned additional articles to read from a list to be handed out during the first class.