Item description for Khams Pa Histories: Visions of People, Place and Authority by Lawrence Epstein...
As an indispensable introduction to local history of the Khams region of Eastern Tibet/Western China (with due attention for contemporary thinking about frontier regions), this volume contains seven papers on Khams pa (Eastern Tibet) local history, representing politics, and agency and their historiographical representations on the Khams frontiers.
The articles have been arranged to reflect common themes. Wim van Spengen, William Coleman and Peng Wenbin locate Khams in a broader political history, exploring the fluidity of the frontier and its turbulent dislocations, as Khampas encountered and responded to Tibetan and Chinese national projects in the early part of the twentieth century. Fabienne Jagou and Carole McGranahan shift their gaze to individual figures and their engagement with Chinese and Tibetan social politics. Peter Schwiegers analysis of history as oral narrative positions Khams in relation to Central Tibet, as does the subject of Tsering Thars paper, which concerns the influence of a Bonpo lama in religious innovation.
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Lawrence J. Epstein is a Professor of English at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York. He is widely considered to be a leading expert on American Jewish life and is the author of such books as "A Treasury of Jewish Anecdotes" and "A Treasury of Jewish Inspirational Stories," He frequently lectures on American popular culture and lives with his wife and family on Long Island, New York.