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The Lord of Death

by Eliot Pattison

The Lord of Death
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    Jun 2009, 384 pages
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    Jun 2010, 384 pages

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A Short History of Tibet
Tibet, a remote region along the southwestern border of China, sits at 15,000 feet above sea level between the Himalaya and Kunlun mountain ranges. The first recorded king of the region was Srong-btsan sgam-po, who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Tibet around 640 AD. He and his descendants ruled over a unified Tibet through the 8th century, but the empire eventually collapsed into a collection of small independent kingdoms.

Map of Tibet Map of Tibet
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When Genghis Khan's forces marched through much of Asia around the turn of the 13th century, Tibetans managed to retain a good deal of autonomy and acquire some political influence by agreeing to pay tribute to the Mongols. When the Mongol empire collapsed, Tibetans asserted their independence from China, and power within the region became concentrated in the hands of a spiritual leader known as the Dalai...

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