The Early 20th Century Resurgence of the Tibetan Buddhist World
The Early 20th Century Resurgence of the Tibetan Buddhist World
Studies in Central Asian Buddhism
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Introduction (Alex McKay)

1 The Impact of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama’s Sojourn in Mongolia: Arousing the National Consciousness of Tibetan Buddhists from 1904 to 1908 (Ishihama Yumiko)

2 The Modern and Traditional Diplomacy of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama During His Sojourn in Khalkha and Qinghai (1904–1907) (Wada Daichi)

3 Friendship and Antagonism: Tibetans and Money in Early Twentieth-Century Mongolia (Tachibana Makoto)

4 The Tibet-Mongolia Political Interface in the First Half of the Twentieth Century: Data from Russian Archives (Sergius L. Kuzmin)

5 A Study of three Tibetan letters attributed to Dorzhiev held by the St. Petersburg Branch of the Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Ishihama Yumiko and Inoue Takehiko)

6 Russian Archival Documents on the Revitalization of Buddhism Among the Kalmyks in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (Baatr Kitinov)

7 Buddhist Devotion to the Russian Tsar : The Bicultural Environment of the Don Kalmyk Sangha and Russian Orthodox Church in the 1830s (Inoue Takehiko)

8 Russian Tsar as Cakravartin: A Buryat Lama’s View of the Coronation of Nicholas II (Nikolay Tsyrempilov)

9 The Struggle between Tradition and Modernity in the Early Twentieth Century of the Tibetan Buddhist World: A case study of the Seventh lCang-skya’s activities from 1912–1957 (Hamugetu)


Ishihama Yumiko, Alex McKay (eds)

The Early 20th Century Resurgence of the Tibetan Buddhist World

Studies in Central Asian Buddhism

The Early 20th Century Resurgence of the Tibetan Buddhist World is a cohesive collection of studies by Japanese, Russian and Central Asian scholars deploying previously unexplored Russian, Mongolian, and Tibetan sources concerning events and processes in the Central Asian Buddhist world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Set in the final days of the Qing Empire when the Russian and British empires were expanding into Central Asia, this work examines the interplay of religious, economic and political power among peoples who acknowledged the religious authority of Tibet’s Dalai Lama. It focuses on diplomatic initiatives involving the 13th Dalai Lama . and other Tibetan Buddhist hierarchs . during and after his exile in Mongolia and China, as well as his relations with Mongols, and with Buryat, Kalmyk, and other Russian Buddhists. It demonstrates how these factors shaped historical processes in the region, not least the reformulations of both group identity and political consciousness.

Ishihama Yumiko

Professor Ishihama Yumiko is a tenured faculty member of the School of Education, Waseda University, Japan, and the author of a number of English and Japanese language articles in the field of Tibetan and Central Asian history.

Alex McKay

Alex McKay is a retired lecturer and research fellow at London University SOAS, UCL, and the IIAS (Leiden). He is the author of four monographs and 45 articles on Indo-Tibetan history, and editor/co-editor of five collected works.