Professor Melvyn Goldstein publishes new volumes on Tibetan history

Dr. Melvyn Goldstein published a Chinese edition of volume 3 of his seminal history of modern Tibet. He also published volume 4, covering the critical years of 1957-1959. Goldstein, an international authority on Tibetan history and culture, is co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet.


Melvyn C. Goldstein. 2019. Xiandai xizang shi 1955- 1957  [“Modern Tibetan History, 1955-57”], Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press (ISBN 978-988-237-104-0).

This is the Chinese Edition of Melvyn C. Goldstein, A History of Modern Tibet, Volume Three, 1955-1957: The Storm Clouds Descend. I expect the Chinese edition of the 4th volume to be published in late 2020. Also, the Tibetan edition of the 2nd and 3rd Volumes of the history series have been translated and are now in the production stage in India. By late 2021, all 4 volumes will be available in Chinese and Tibetan.


A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 4: In the eye of the storm. U. of California Press. 517 pp.

It is not possible  to understand contemporary politics between China and the Dalai Lama without understanding what happened in the 1950s, especially the events that occurred in 1957-59. The fourth and final volume of Melvyn C. Goldstein’s History of Modern Tibet series, In the Eye of the Storm, provides new perspectives on Sino-Tibetan history during the period leading to the Tibetan Uprising of 1959. The volume also reassesses issues that have been widely misunderstood as well as stereotypes and misrepresentations in the popular realm and in academic literature, for example, the role of the CIA. Volume 4 draws on important new Chinese government documents, published and unpublished memoirs, new biographies, and a large corpus of in-depth, specially collected political interviews to reexamine the events that produced the March 10th uprising and the demise of Tibet’s famous Buddhist civilization. The result is a heavily documented analysis that presents a nuanced and balanced account of the principal players and their policies during the critical final two years of Sino-Tibetan relations under the Seventeen-Point Agreement of 1951.

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