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Bayonets to Lhasa: The First Full Account of the British Invasion of Tibet in 1904
Author: Fleming, Peter
Reference #: 1869
List Price: $40.00
Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1961. A Near Fine second impression showing minor edge wear in a VG, unclipped dj with wrap-around archival photograph of the British Camp before Phari Fort. 319 pp., photographs, 5 maps; bibliography and Index. A lovely, unmarked copy.
From the Foreword: “Some events in history seem, when we look back on them, to have been inevitable. . . There was nothing inevitable about eh politico-military adventure described in these pages. Its main purposes were rooted in fallacy. By the time they were fulfilled they had been forgotten. Its achievements were largely disavowed and its staunch leader censured. The British incursion into Tibet was a fine feat of arms and a notable essay in diplomatic pioneering. Its outward aspect is swashbuckling, romantic and clear-cut; its inner history ambiguous and confused; its aftermath unedifying.”
Fleming was also author of The Siege at Peking and Invasion 1940, amongst others. Harold Nicolson wrote of the present work: “He [Younghusband] tells the story of the expedition to Lhasa in terms which convince us of the integrity, resolution, wisdom, and unsurpassed courage of a great soldier and an astute diplomatist. I can say that seldom have I derived such pleasure and encouragement from any book of adventure.”
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