Experiencing Tibet from the Heart of Europe



Year of publication 2022
Type Editorship of scientific publication
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The book deals with Czech, Moravian, Silesian and Czechoslovak visitors in Tibet in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first visitor was Heinrich August Jäschke, the article about him was written by John Bray. Our second visitor was René Nebesky-Wojkowitz and the paper about him was written by Uwe Niebuhr. Another important researcher was Kamil Sedláček, a Czechoslovak student of Tibet who, like his peer Josef Kolmaš, never visited Tibet. The reason was the policy of the People's Republic of China, which in the 1950s forbade travel to annexed Tibet, especially to Lhasa. Both of these scholars were among the founders of the discipline of Tibetan studies in Europe. Articles about them were written by Jiří Holba and Daniel Berounský. In the 1950s, however, a few experts managed to travel to Tibet, such as Vladimir Sís and Josef Vaniš, who personally met the 14th Dalai Lama. They were the following: Karel Beba, Alois Svoboda, Jiří Ployhar, Stanislav Černý, Zbyněk Málek and Jan Vinař. This article was written by Luboš Bělka. The first Slovak who researched in Tibet and published a large number of scientific texts was Martin Slobodník, the paper about him was written by Jaroslava Ptáčková. Martin Hanker and Petr Jandáček conclude the book with their study on the image of Tibet in Czechoslovakia.n Beijing.
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