Tibet: A Case for De Facto Sovereign Independence


Max J. Riekse

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Ernest E. Rossi

Second Advisor

Robert L. Shafer

Third Advisor

Robert L. Shafer

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Abstract Only

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This thesis deals with the question of Tibet as an independent Sovereign country. Most of the information put out by either the Tibetan government-in-exile, British historians or either one of the Current Chinese governments have only dealt with certain treaties and/or agreements or parts thereof. None have seen fit to include those that might tend to conflict with their particular point of view. No objective study of Tibet's de facto sovereign independence based on a complete compilation of all available treaties and agreements dealing with the subject back to A.D.764 has ever been undertaken. This thesis will not only prove Tibet's status as an independent sovereign nation, but will also be an invaluable reference source for those interested in researching all available treaties, agreements and assorted notes that deal with Tibet. No other reference on Tibet is as all inclusive as this thesis.

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