Revolution and social dislocation under the communist regimes of China and the Soviet Union, followed by the upheavals of reform and modernisation, have been experienced by Tibetan, Mongolian and Siberian people, forcibly integrated into these nation states, as conflict, violence and social disruption. This volume, bringing together case studies from throughout the region, assesses the experiences and legacies of such events. Highlighting the agency of those who shape and manipulate conflict and social order and their historical, cultural and religious resources, the contributors discuss evidence of social continuity, as well as the recreation of social order. Engaging with anthropological debates on conflict and social order, this volume provides an original comparative perspective on both Tibet and Inner Asia.
Fernanda Pirie, D.Phil. (2002) in anthropology, University of Oxford, is a University Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. She is the author of
Peace and Conflict in Ladakh (Brill 2007).
Toni Huber, Ph.D. (1993), is Professor of Tibetan Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin. His extensive publications on the anthropology and cultural history of Tibetan societies include
The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain (Oxford 1999) and
The Holy Land Reborn (Chicago 2008).
'[..] a valuable collection of groundbreaking field research on modern social change in Inner Asia. […]excellent supplementary reading in classes on Tibet, Mongolia, ethnicity in China, or Asian religions. The volume makes the case for fruitful potential of more comparative studies in Inner Asia, but also highlights the further cross-fertilization and broad based comparative awareness to make such potential actual.'
Christopher P. Atwood,
The Journal of Asian Studies 69/3 (2010)
All those interested in modern social transformation in Tibet, Mongolia and Inner Asia, including minorities in China and Inner Asia, and in the social history of the Soviet Union and China