This book deals with the little-known history of international relations in Central and East Asia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and shows the importance of Tibet in Russia's foreign policy. The author describes the features of Tibet's relationship with Russia, China, Great Britain, and Mongolia, and its attempts to consolidate its independence. Shaumian argues that the Tibetan question became the crucial issue in Anglo-Russian negotiations. This book contains new and vital information that the author has gathered from original sources in the Foreign Policy Archives of the Russian Empire and the National Archives of India, and is a must for those interested in the history of Tibet.
About the Author:
TATIANA SHAUMIAN is the Deputy Head of the Centre for Indian Studies, Moscow. She is also a member of the editorial board of the periodical Orient, published from Moscow.