The importance of the Himalayan state of Nepal has been obscured by the international campaign to free Tibet and the vicissitudes of the Sino-Indian rivalry. This book presents the history of Nepal’s domestic politics and foreign relations from ancient to modern times.

Analysing newly declassified reports from the United States and Britain, published memoirs, oral recollections and interviews, the book presents the historical interactions between Nepal, China, Tibet and India. It discusses how the ageing and inevitable death of the 14th Dalai Lama, the radicalization of Tibetan diaspora and the ascendancy of the international campaign to free Tibet are of increasing importance to Nepal. With its position between China and India, the book notes how the focus could shift to Nepal, with it being home to some 20,000 Tibetan refugees and its chronic political turmoil, deepened by the Asian giants’ rivalry.

Using a chronological approach, the past and present of the rivalry between China and India are studied, and attempts to chart the future are made. The book contributes to a new understanding of the intricate relationship of Nepal with these neighbouring countries, and is of interest to students and scholars of South Asian studies, politics and international relations.

chapter |4 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Trails of truth and trade

chapter 2|13 pages

Bubbling between boulders

chapter 3|12 pages

Containment and carnage

chapter 4|10 pages

Crowns and empires

chapter 5|17 pages

Games great and small

chapter 6|16 pages

Cold War contortions

chapter 7|15 pages

Perilous pragmatism

chapter 8|19 pages

Reforms and recriminations

chapter 9|14 pages

Realpolitik to regicide

chapter 10|14 pages

Mao versus monarchy

chapter 11|15 pages

Scramble for new allies

chapter 12|13 pages

Beyond Tibet