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A Tibetan RevolutionaryThe Political Life and Times of Bapa Phuntso Wangye$
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Melvyn Goldstein

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240896

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240896.001.0001

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: A Brief Historical Context

: A Brief Historical Context

Chapter:
(p.xxviii) (p.1) Introduction: A Brief Historical Context
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A Tibetan Revolutionary
Author(s):

Melvyn C. Goldstein

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240896.003.0001

The people of Batang, Phüntso Wangye's home town, are part of the Eastern Tibet ethnic subgroup called the Khampa. Traditionally, the area of eastern Tibet known as Kham was divided into twenty or so principalities, each ruled by its own local chief. Batang was one of the more important of these. Batang and much of Kham fell on the Chinese side of the frontier. Tibetans took the fall of the Manchu dynasty as an opportunity to revolt against the Manchu/Chinese officials and troops. The Tibetan troops, armed with new rifles recently obtained from Britain, defeated the Chinese and began to push them back beyond the Drichu River. Local Khampas took this opportunity to again rise against the Chinese garrisons in their areas. By the time Phünwang was born in 1922, Batang was firmly under Chinese rule.

Keywords:   Batang, Phüntso Wangye, Khampa, Chinese rule, Manchu dynasty, Tibetans, Drichu River, Kham

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