A half- century ago Tibet became an active matter of interest and
concern on the international scene, when its leader, the Four-
teenth Dalai Lama, fl ed his country to avoid complete subjugation
by a repressive Chinese government. In the intervening years he
and his people and their cause have not only survived but have
become the subject of international interest and concern as they
moved “beyond Shangri- La” to become contributing participants
in the current world.
While writing this book I have had the privilege of being a re-
search associate at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at
Harvard University, whose distinguished scholars and authorities
on China and United States involvement have been of great assis-
tance to me. I am particularly indebted to Professor Roderick
MacFarquhar for sharing his keen insights on the politics in China
since the Mao government assumed control and in keeping me on
track in recording Chinese actions as they aff ected Tibet. His as-
sociates, Merle Goldman, Ezra Vogel, Robert Ross, Arthur Hol-
combe, and Leonard van der Kuip, and William Kirby have all
provided stimulating views on events and personalities in the po-
liti cal scene that has been unfolding in Beijing and Tibet over the
past half- century. Holly Angell, Deirdre Chetham, and Jorge
Espada have given me needed support. I am grateful to you all.
I have also had the benefi t of perusing the papers of William
Rockhill at the Lamont Library at Harvard, whose staff maintain
them with a deserved sense of pride and provide ready and in-
formed access to them. I am grateful for fi nding this same in-
formed access at the FDR, Truman, and Kennedy libraries to the
Ac know ledg ments
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