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Pioneer in Tibet / Douglas A. Wissing
Bib ID 8130448
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Wissing, Douglas A., author
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Edition First edition. 
Description New York, N. Y. ; Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 
xiii, 334 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 25 cm 
ISBN 1403963282 (hardback)
9781403963284 (hardback)

"Dr. Albert Shelton was a medical missionary and explorer who spent nearly twenty years in the Tibetan borderlands at the start of the last century. During the Great Game era, the Shelton's sprawling station in Kham was the most remote and dangerous mission on earth. Raising his family in a land of banditry and civil war, caught between a weak Chinese government and the British Raj, Shelton proved to be a resourceful frontiersman. One of the West's first interpreters of Tibetan culture, during the course of his work in Tibet he was praised by the Western press as a family man, revered doctor, respected diplomat, and fearless adventurer. To the American public, Dr. Albert Shelton was Daniel Boone, Wyatt Earp, and the apostle Paul on a new frontier. Driven by his goal of setting up a medical mission within Lhasa, the seat of the Dalai Lama and a city off-limits to Westerners for hundreds of years, Shelton acted as a valued go-between for the Tibetans and Chinese.

Recognizing his work, the Dalai Lama issued Shelton an invitation to Lhasa. Tragically, while finalizing his entry, Shelton was shot to death on a remote mountain trail in the Himalayas. Set against the exciting history of early twentieth century Tibet and China, Pioneer in Tibet offers a window into the life of a dying breed of adventurer."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Blood or Bread: His Early Life, 1875-1880
  • Strange Country: The Frontier Education of Albert Shelton, 1880-1893
  • Good towns and tibetan Dreams: Respectability and Romance, 1895-1903
  • Journey to the Borderlands: From the Midwest to Himalayas
  • The Portal: Tachienlu and the Land of Kham
  • Bayonets to Kham: Chao Erh-Feng and the Christian Missionaries
  • The Doctor in Kham: 1908-1909
  • Conquests, Curios, and Conversions: Batang, 1909-1910
  • This Great Awful City: Furlough, 1910-1913
  • Shattered Charms and new perspectives: Batang, 1914-1917

Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-326) and index.

Donated by Mr. John Withell, April 2019.

Subjects Shelton, A. L. (Albert Leroy), 1875-1922 -- Travel -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region.  |  Shelton, A. L. (Albert Leroy), 1875-1922.  |  Missions and Missionaries -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region -- Biography.  |  Tibet Autonomous Region (China) -- Description and travel.
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Pioneer in Tibet : the life and perils of Dr. Albert Shelton


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