The High Road to China

The High Road to China

George Bogle, the Panchen Lama, and the First British Expedition to Tibet

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the story of the late-eighteenth-century British attempt to obtain commercial access to China, detailing the expedition of British envoy George Bogle, who sought an opening through the Tibetan Panchen Lama.

McMillan Palgrave
A virtuoso work of narrative history about two societies whose relationship is of urgent interest today

The High Road to China traces two extraordinary journeys across some of the harshest and highest terrain in the world: the first British mission to Tibet, and the Panchen Lama’s state visit to China to mark the emperor’s seventieth birthday.

In the late eighteenth century, with its empire expanding, the British sought a commercial opening to China, which was closed to outsiders; and they saw a possible advocate with Peking in the Panchen Lama, the spiritual leader of the Buddhist people of Tibet. The British envoy, a young Scot named George Bogle, sought an opening to China through negotiations with the Panchen Lama’s envoy, a Hindu monk and trader, and then through the incarnate deity himself. All the while, he kept a journal, in prose that is by turns playful, self-deprecating, grandiose, and shrewd, and through his words Kate Teltscher makes this meeting of two worlds palpably real to the reader. The High Road to China brings the pleasures of narrative history to bear on a crucial turning point in history, one whose effects are still being felt.


Blackwell North Amer
The High Road to China traces two extraordinary journeys across some of the harshest and highest terrain in the world: the first British expedition to Tibet and the Panchen Lama's state visit to China to mark the Emperor's seventieth birthday.
In the late eighteenth century, with their empire expanding, the British sought a commercial opening to China, from which European traders were banned; and they saw a possible advocate in the Panchen Lama, the spiritual leader of the Buddhist people of Tibet. In the hope of gaining access to Peking, the British envoy, a young Scot named George Bogle, entered into negotiations with the Panchen Lama's envoy, a Hindu monk and trader, and then with the Incarnate himself. All the while, he kept a journal - his prose by turns playful, self-deprecating, grandiose, and shrewd - and this remarkable document enables Kate Teltscher to make the meeting of two worlds palpably real.

Baker
& Taylor

Recounts the story of the late-eighteenth-century British attempt to reach the Qianlong emperor's ear, detailing an extraordinary expedition on the part of British envoy George Bogle, who sought an opening to China through his negotiations with the Tibetan Panchen Lama.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
Description: xvi, 316 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780374217006
0374217009
Branch Call Number: 951.5032 Tel

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