The Battle Of Chamdo A 1950 's Invasion Of Tibet

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Andrew Wilkinson
Sabrina Pinnell
War and Peace
November 28 2016
The Battle of Chamdo—a 1950’s invasion of Tibet
(Known in China as the Liberation of Chamdo)
Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than external factors. Dalai Lama
History and Causes: When looking at what can only be defined as modern history (the last 200 years), the world has never had a moment where there was no conflict on the globe. But while some of the best studied and most memorable wars were long ones, like both world wars or the cold war, the real thought provoking conflicts are the ones that history passed over, for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps the war in question wasn’t very long, or had no relevance to western interests. Whatever the cause, the shortest wars potentially have the greatest impact and the clearest reflection on the current state of humanity. Following this vein, the war with the greatest social and cultural implications in the last 200 years was The Battle of Chamdo. Tibet and achieved de-facto independence from Great Britain around 1917, but remained a relatively isolationist nation afterwards, with a philosophy/tendency to shun outsiders and not allow them access to their nation. As a result of this policy, and because of resistance by local politicians, (it could in fact be said that some aspects of Tibetan government were akin to 13th century medieval Europe), Tibet quickly fell behind the rest of the world in terms of technology, despite attempts by the 13th

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