The history of modern Tibet is heavily contested between different schools of thought, including the work of Chinese communist historians, Tibetan nationalists, and other scholars. This selection of documents is designed to give readers immediate access to primary documents of different types, and from different periods, that illustrate modern Tibetan history at the basic level. We offer only basic suggestions for interpretation, if any, and largely leave readers to decide what kind of history these documents suggest. Many will be of use only for those with detailed knowledge of Tibetan or Chinese languages, and of the historical contexts to which the documents belong, but even in the absence of such knowledge we hope that they will encourage research into more granular ways of thinking about Tibetan history.
The documents are intended to offer a wide variety of examples from different areas of politics, art, administration, and media from the latter half of the 20th century onwards. Most of these documents on this site are being made publicly available for the first time, with the goal of increasing the amount of publicly available resources for Tibet scholars, students, and those simply wishing to learn more about Tibet.