The challenges of maintaining a standing army

On Thursday 15 December Dr. Alice Travers (CNRS, Paris) will give a guest lecture titled "The challenges of maintaining a standing army: the reforms of the Tibetan troops during the first half of the 20th Century". All are welcome!

Schigatse, tibetisches Militär mit Dzong, Truppenparade.

Photo: Ernst Schäfer. 135-S-17-14-24

This research is part of a starting ERC funded project (TibArmy) on the history of the Dalai Lamas (1642-1959). The presentation will first give an overview of this new field of research and present the current state of knowledge regarding the creation of the first Tibetan standing army under the Ganden Phodrang government. It will then analyse the content of the military reforms (recruitment, hierarchy, training, uniform, arms and ammunitions) undertaken during the first half of the 20th century under the successive governments, based on secondary literature, and on primary written and oral sources (biographical accounts published in India and in the TAR, archives and interviews), in order to show how the distinctive features of these reforms were closely shaped by the political national and international context at various times.

About Alive Travers

Alice Travers is a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), in the East Asian Civilisations Research Centre (CRCAO), Paris, where she works on social history in 19th and 20th century traditional Tibet and on the history of the Ganden Phodrang army (17th-20th centuries).


The lectures are organized by the interfacultary Research Seminar in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies (TibHim), and are jointly funded by Network for University Cooperation Tibet-Norway and Religion in Pluralist Societies (PluRel).

The second lecture this day by Bischoff starts immediately after, at 16:15, and is titled: How to acquire estates: the case of Kundeling monastery.

Published Dec. 1, 2016 12:10 PM - Last modified Dec. 15, 2016 11:49 AM