Lecture and Curry Lunch – A short history of Tibet
Armchair Battlefield Tour – A short history of Tibet
The roof of the world, the mountain kingdom, the lost world, the forbidden kingdom. Until the Chinese invasion of 1950 nobody knew very much about Tibet. Hardly anybody went there and those who did often didn’t come back. Herodotus in the 5th Century BC, and Ptolemy in the 1st Century AD wrote about ‘a mysterious country somewhere beyond the mountains’. The population today is around two million; they suffer from high rates of infant mortality and disease, they still practise polyandry but also celibacy because of the monasteries, which despite Chinese efforts to eliminate them still struggle on. The Younghusband expedition conquered Tibet in 1904, but even then the British accepted Chinese suzerainty over Tibet, although agreeing Tibetan autonomy. This talk traces the history and the politics of Tibet from ancient times to the present day.
The lecture is delivered by Major Gordon Corrigan MBE. Major Corrigan served in the 6th Gurkha Rifles and the Royal Gurkha Rifles. He is an acclaimed military historian who has published a number of books, and presented a number of TV series. He lectures widely, and conducts battlefield tours worldwide.
The Armchair Battlefield Tour is followed by a two-course curry lunch.