Qichen (Barton) Qian G'17
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Pre-dissertation Grants for Research in China 2017
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Benign Bellicosity: Tibetan Military History in the Eighteenth Century
This dissertation aims to study the organization of Tibetan military force during the eighteenth century. The Tibetan military led by Polhané, an Tibetan aristocrat, was actively defending the Tibetan territory and deterring the enemies during the first half of eighteenth century. Through Polhané's active conscription and training, the Tibetan military professed vibrant military prowess. By delving into data such as military organization, size of the central government army, rituals and exercises; this dissertation seeks to uncover new materials on Tibetan military history and interactions with Inner Asia during the early eighteenth century.