Published in December 2014 by Lexington Books as part of their Studies in Modern Tibetan Culture series, “The Rise of Gonpo Namgyel in Kham: The Blind Warrior of Nyarong” by Yudru Tsomu examines the ascendancy of a minor nineteenth-century Tibetan chieftain Gonpo Namgyel who hailed from Eastern Kham, a frontier region situated between the power centers of Central Tibet and Qing China.
From the Lexington Books website:
For most of the nineteenth century, Gönpo Namgyel dominated the politics of Kham and posed a serious challenge to both the Qing and Lhasa regimes. The study explores the dynamics of local and national politics, as well as the tensions over power and authority between the two power centers.
Drawing upon both Tibetan and Chinese primary sources, the study sheds new light on the governance and polity of the Kham region, enhancing our understanding of Sino-Tibetan conflicts regarding Kham from the nineteenth century, up to the mid-twentieth century.
Yudru Tsomu is associate professor at the Center for Tibetan Studies, Sichuan University.
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