Himalaya History and Culture (Summer term) (HIS 37)

  • Day and time: Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00
  • Length of course: 1 term. Summer (9 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 200
  • Start date: 13 April 2021
  • Description:

    This course will cover a range of scientific, religious, political and sociological topics, from both an historical perspective and using the speaker’s experience exploring, climbing and trekking throughout the region for over four decades. There are nine lectures — 1) Tibetan Buddhism I: a Different Type of Reality; 2) Tibetan Buddhism II: Enter the Tibetologists 3) The Story of how the Himalaya formed I: Earthquakes and Early Explorers; 4) The Story of how the Himalaya formed II: the Plates Must Speak; 5)History of the China-Tibet Relationship: a Matter for Interpretation; 6) Trouble in the North-East: Sikkim, the Chumbi Valley, Bhutan and NEFA; 7) The Kashmir Story: a Greek Tragedy in the Making; 8)Social History of Nepal I: Peasants and Tyrants; 9) Social History of Nepal II: Maoist insurgency and a Growing Diaspora. 

    These topics are very much interlinked and will illustrate the sometimes harsh existence that the amazing variety of Himalaya peoples must contend with. The material can be followed in the speaker’s book: “Tales from the Himalaya”.

  • Format: Lecture and discussion

  • Tutor: Henry Edmundson
  • Henry Edmundson, MA (Cantab), MSc (Bristol), has spent his entire adult life climbing and exploring in Afghanistan, the Karakoram, Tibet and the greater Himalayan Range. He is a member of the Alpine Club, the Himalayan Club, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has written three non-fiction books.

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