Journeys to Empire: Enlightenment, Imperialism, and the British Encounter with Tibet, 1774-1904

By: Gordon T. Stewart

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This fascinating study of two British missions to Tibet in 1774 and 1904 provides a unique perspective on the relationship between the Enlightenment and European colonialism. Gordon Stewart compares and contrasts the Enlightenment era mission led by George Bogle and the Edwardian mission of Francis Younghusband as they crossed the Himalayas into Tibet. Through the British agents’ diaries, reports, and letters and by exploring their relationships with Indians, Bhutanese and Tibetans, Stewart is able to trace the shifting ideologies, economic interests and political agendas that lay behind British empire-building from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. This compelling account sheds new light on the changing nature of British imperialism, on power and intimacy in the encounter between East and West, and on the relationship of history and memory. Contents Introduction 1. An enlightenment narrative 1774 2. Wives, concubines and ‘Domestic Arrangements’ 3. Imperial eyes in ‘the Golden Territories’ 4. Enter Younghusband 5. From enlightenment to empire 6. Tibet lessons. Printed Pages: 296 with 19 b/w illustrations and 3 maps.

Title: Journeys to Empire: Enlightenment, Imperialism, and the British Encounter with Tibet, 1774-1904

Author Name: Gordon T. Stewart

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Cambridge University Press: 2009

ISBN: 0521761336

ISBN 13: 9780521761338

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 155 x 235 Mm

Seller ID: 029186

Keywords: Journeys Empire Imperialism British India