The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia: A History of the Struggle for Great Power Among Tibetans, Turks, Arabs, and Chinese During the Early Middle Ages

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Princeton University Press, 1993 - History - 281 pages
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This narrative history of the Tibetan Empire in Central Asia from about A.D. 600 to 866 depicts the struggles of the great Tibetan, Turkic, Arab, and Chinese powers for dominance over the Silk Road lands that connected Europe and East Asia. It shows the importance of overland contacts between East and West in the Early Middle Ages and elucidates Tibet's role in the conflict over Central Asia.This narrative history of the Tibetan Empire in Central Asia from about A.D. 600 to 866 depicts the struggles of the great Tibetan, Turkic, Arab, and Chinese powers for dominance over the Silk Road lands that connected Europe and East Asia. It shows the importance of overland contacts between East and West in the Early Middle Ages and elucidates Tibet's role in the conflict over Central Asia.
  

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In 763 the Tibetan empire sacked the capital of China's great T'ang Dynasty in Chang-an. The Tibetans live right in the silk road and were thus equally influenced by the Chinese in the east as the ... Read full review

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Extremely interesting as describing Tibet when it was a great military power ansd a threat to Tang China, very different from its later religious image Read full review

Contents

Tibet and Central Asia before the Empire
3
Entrance into Central Asia
11
The Tibetan Empire in the Western Regions
37
The Arabs and Western Turks
55
The Tiirgis Alliance
84
Tang China and the Arabs
108
The Late Empire
143
Tibet and Early Medieval Eurasia Today
173
A On the Degree of Tibetan Domination
197
B On the Western Regions in Old Tibetan Sources
203
On the On oq
209
Table of Rulers
226
Bibliographical Essay
241
Bibliography
255
Index
269
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About the author (1993)

Christopher I. Beckwith is professor of Central Eurasian studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. His books include "Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present" and "The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia: A History of the Struggle for Great Power among Tibetans, Turks, Arabs, and Chinese during the Early Middle Ages" (both Princeton).

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