By Hugh Richardson, David Snellgrove
Drawn from inscriptions and texts one of the basic resources of Tibet, India, China and imperative Asia, in addition to a wealth of secondary assets during the a while and the authors' own studies, this can be a definitive survey of Tibetan historical past, faith and its wealthy, advanced tradition. In Snellgrove's phrases, the booklet serves to "keep in public view the transparent old correct of the Tibetan humans to self-determination". It encompasses a new preface and an obituary describing the lifestyles and occupation of Hugh Richardson (1905-2000), by means of co-author David Snellgrove.
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The political history of the period of the Yarlung kings (seventh to ninth centuries) is one of constant warlike activity. China was the principal rival and the Tibetans pressed further and further into the borderlands of what are now Kansu, Szechwan, Yunnan and Shansi. On one occasion they even captured Ch'ang-an (Sian) which was then the capital of China. By occupying strategic points on the routes through Central Asia they cut China's communications with the West, and the strain on Chinese resources and spirit are echoed in the war-weary poems of the great T'ang poets Po Chii-i, Li Po and Tu Fu.
If they were well read in the Book ofHistory, they would know about war-strategy. If they were well versed in the Odes, they would know how fighting men should be trained to defend their prince. If they were well read in the Book of Rites, they would understand seasonal programmes for the use of arms. If they studied the Tso Chuan ['commentary to the Spring and Autumn Annals'], they would know that in warfare it is usual to employ deceitful stratagems. If they studied the Wen hsiian Anthology, they would know how to compose and exchange letters and state-despatches.
If they were well read in the Book of Rites, they would understand seasonal programmes for the use of arms. If they studied the Tso Chuan ['commentary to the Spring and Autumn Annals'], they would know that in warfare it is usual to employ deceitful stratagems. If they studied the Wen hsiian Anthology, they would know how to compose and exchange letters and state-despatches. * The Tibetans were now certainly a formidable enemy, and their country was organized on a war-footing with a system of general military service.
The Cultural History of Tibet by Hugh Richardson, David Snellgrove