"Faith and Empire : Art and Politics in Tibet": Historical Periods

This guide lists resources to support research related to the class "Faith and Empire" taught by Dr. Karl Debreczeny. It allows searching by historical period and by specific topic.

Resources on Historical Periods. (For an extensive guide on Tibetan historical research, click the link at right for History in the Columbia Online Research Guide for Modern Tibetan Studies)

Sources on Historical Periods

Beckwith, Christopher. 1987. 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. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Dotson, Brandon.  2009. The Old Tibetan Annals: An Annotated Translation of Tibet’s First History. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Sha Wutian沙武田. 2013. Tubo tongzhi shiqi Dunhuang shiku yanjiu 吐蕃统治时期敦煌石窟研究 [Research on the Caves of Dunhuang in the Tubo Period]. Beijing: Shehui kexue wenxian chubanshe, ca 355–82, 470–92. (in Chinese)

Kapstein, Matthew T. and van Schaik, Sam, eds. Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang : rites and teachings for this life and beyond. Leiden: Brill , 2010.

Whitfield, Susan and Sims-Williams, Ursula, eds. Silk Road : trade, travel, war and faith. Chicago, IL : Serindia Publications, 2004.

シルク ロード。仏教 美術 伝来 の 道 = The Route of Buddhist art / [主催 奈良 国立 博物館, なら。シルク ロード博 協会]. Catalog of an exhibition held at the Nara National Museum, Apr. 24-Sept. 4, 1988.

Dunnell, Ruth. 1996. The Great State of White and High: Buddhism and State Formation in Eleventh–Century Xia. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

Piotrovsky, Mikhail, ed. 1993. The Lost Empire of the Silk Road: Buddhist Art from Khara Khoto (X–XIIIth century). Milan: Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation/Electa.


Horleman, Bianca. "The Relations of the Eleventh-Century Tsong kha Tribal Confederation to Its Neighbour States on the Silk Road." In Contributions to the Cultural History of Early Tibet, ed. by Dotson, Brandon, and Matthew Kapstein. Brill, 2007.

Sperling, Elliot. "Lama to the King of Hsia."  Journal of the Tibet Society. Volume 7, 1987, p. 31-50.

Atwood, Christopher P. 2004. Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire. New York: Facts on File.

Petech, Luciano. 1990. Central Tibet and the Mongols: The Yüan-Sa-Skya Period of Tibetan History. Serie Orientale Roma 65. Rome: Instituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente.

Watt, James C. Y., ed. 2010. The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Xiong Wenbin 熊文彬. 2003. Yuan dai Zang Han yishu jiaoliu 元代藏汉艺术交 [Yuan Dynasty Sino-Tibetan Artistic Exchanges]. Hebei: Hebei Educational Press. (In Chinese)

Clunas, Craig, and Jessica Harrison-Hall, eds. 2014. Ming: 50 Years that Changed China. London: British Museum.

Clunas, Craig, Jessica Harrison-Hall, and Luk Yu-ping, eds. 2016. Ming: Courts and Contacts 1400–1450. London: British Museum.

Laba Pingcuo 拉巴平措. 2012. Daci Fawang Shijia Yeshi 大慈法王释迦也失 [The Great Compassionate King of the Dharma Shākya Yeshé]. Beijing: Zhongguo Zangxue chubanshe. (in Chinese)

Robinson, David M, ed. 2008. Culture, Courtiers, and Competition: The Ming Court (1368–1644), ed. David M. Robinson. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center.

Watt, James C. Y., and Denise Patry Leidy. 2005. Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Weidner, Marsha. ed. Cultural Intersections in Later Chinese Buddhism. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2001.

Berger. 2003. Empire of Emptiness: Buddhist Art and Political Authority in Qing China. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

Chou, Wen-shing. 2018. Mount Wutai: Visions of a Sacred Buddhist Mountain. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Crossley, Pamela Kyle. 1999. A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Elverskog, Johan. 2006. Our Great Qing: The Mongols, Buddhists and the State in Late Imperial China,

Grupper, Samuel M. 1979. “The Manchu Imperial Cult of the Early Ch’ing Dynasty: Texts and Studies on the Tantric Sanctuary of Mahakala at Mukden.” PhD diss., Indiana University.

Luo Wenhua 羅文華. 2005. Longpao yu jiasha: Qinggong Zangchuan fojiao wenhua kaocha 龙袍与袈裟: 清宮藏传佛教文 化考察 [Dragon Robes and Kasaya: An Investigation of Tibetan Buddhist Culture at the Qing Court]. Beijing: Zijincheng chubanshe. (in Chinese)

Oidtmann, Max. 2018. Forging the Golden Urn: The Qing Empire and the Politics of Reincarnation in Tibet. New York: Columbia University Press.

Schwieger, Peter. 2015. The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China. A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation. New York: Columbia University Press.

Tuttle, Gray. 2005. Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China. New York: Columbia University Press.

For an extensive guide on Tibetan historical research, click the link for History in the Columbia Online Research Guide for Modern Tibetan Studies, in right side-bar on this page.