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Tibet's Hidden Kingdom [electronic resource]

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In 1865, British authorities enlisted Nain Singh Rawat-an Indian pundit, or explorer-to map the mountain passes of Tibet. Forty years later, Singh's work helped a British army officer named Francis Younghusband lead a military expedition to the city of Lhasa, bringing an end to Tibet's isolation and forcing the Anglo-Tibetan Treaty upon the country. This documentary recounts those decades of adventure and the resulting cultural clashes that transpired on the rooftop of the world. It combines archival images and materials with modern color footage of a land that still inspires mystery and a yearning for high-stakes exploration. Interviews with historians and experts on Tibet are included.
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31 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 03, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Race for Tibet (1:11)
  • Introductory Images: Treasure Seekers: Tibets Hidden Kingdom (0:35)
  • WInter 1965: Caravan Descends into Tibet (1:28)
  • Tibet: Natural Fortress (1:18)
  • Domination of Central Asia (2:13)
  • Nain Singh: Unlikely Spy and Holy Man (2:52)
  • Secret Methods of Survey (2:42)
  • Hindu Pretender in Land of Buddhist Monks (3:03)
  • Intelligence Gathering in Lhasa (2:12)
  • Nain Singh Leaves Lhasa (2:07)
  • October 1866: Survey of India (2:20)
  • Cost in Health (1:24)
  • march 31 1904: 4 minutes that change Tibet (1:11)
  • Tibet: Holy Grail of Exploration (2:18)
  • Man Who Would Win the Race for Tibet (3:25)
  • Younghusband's Taste of Fame (3:08)
  • January 1889: Road to War (2:08)
  • 1903: Into Tibet (2:20)
  • Tibetan Resistance (2:05)
  • Battle of Guru (4:38)
  • Treaty of Lhasa (3:00)
  • Younghusband: Conquered by Tibet (4:10)
  • Credits: Tibets Hidden Kingdom (0:30)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2000.
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40850 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (31 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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