This book presents the first comprehensive anthropological account of premodern Tibetan pastoral economy and social organization in the Kham region of eastern Tibet, and convincingly readdresses anthropological debates and political claims about feudalism or serfdom in Tibetan societies.
Rinzin Thargyal, M.A. (1985) in Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, works for the Network for University Co-operation Tibet-Norway and teaches Tibetan language. He has authored various articles on the premodern Tibetan social system, Tibetan nationalism and identity. Toni Huber, Ph.D. (1993), is Professor of Tibetan Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin. His extensive publications on the anthropology and cultural history of Tibetan societies include The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain (Oxford, 1999) and The Holy Land Reborn (Chicago, 2007).