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Ascension Of The Seventh Dalai Lama To The Golden Throne And The Beginning Of Manchu Influence In Tibet

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People throughout Tibet -as well as interested Chinese, Manchurian, and Mongolian parties to the east-were anxious to discover a political structure for ruling Tibet that would lead to stability and peace. This chapter covers the period from 1721 when initial attempts were made to create such a government up to the death of the seventh Dalai Lama in 1757. It was a period of great flux and uncertainty, and it was during this time that Tibetans, in a quest for normalcy, came to accept some measure of involvement of the Manchu court in their affairs. As Shakabpa opines, "The Manchu emperor knew how to insinuate himself into Tibetan politics. I think it was a very grave mistake". Also in 1721, a committee of Tibetan, Manchurian, and Mongolian leaders was assigned the task of purging those who had collaborated with the Dzüngarwas and restoring peace to the region.

Keywords: Manchu; Seventh Dalai Lama; Tibet

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