The Many Wars of the Ganden Phodrang – Panel IATS 2019

Panel proposed in the context of the seminar 2019 of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, which will take place in Paris, 7-13th July, 2019.

Organised in the framework of the project TibArmy with the core team and invited participants, this panel studies the numerous wars fought by the Tibetan armies both in internal and international contexts during the Ganden Phodrang period. It seeks to document less-known armed conflicts and shed light on other better-known events through new sources, depicting how battles were then fought; it also analyses the role of wars, be they won or lost, as generating change on four levels: in the development of the Tibetan military institutions themselves (organisation, tactics, technology, etc.); in the development of the Tibetan government (recruitment, tax system, etc.); in the links between army and society (impacts on civils, their treatment by troops, the practice of voluntary recruitment in times of war, etc.); in international politics (for instance, how Mongol and Sino-Manchu troops’ intervention or absence in Tibetan wars participated in the definition of broader political relationships).

If you wish to contribute a paper to this panel, please contact the organisers directly no later than March 31, 2018, at their e-mail addresses:
Dr Ryosuke Kobayashi, Kyushu University, Japan, ryosuke730@gmail.com 
Dr Alice Travers, CRCAO, CNRS, Paris, France, alice.travers@college-de-france.fr 
Please note that the deadline for submitting panel and individual proposals on the 15th IATS conference portal is June 1st 2018.

For more information about the IATS, please visit the IATS  website.

The Tibetan Army of the Dalai Lamas, 1642-1959