There are no Counterrevolutionaries here
The ‘lama question’ was the struggle between the new socialist Mongolian government and the Buddhist establishment for political, economic and social influence. The question would end after a decade and a half in the late 1930s with the execution of 18,000 lamas and the destruction of almost every monastic compound in the country. This work uses the lama question to investigate how and when states turn to the use of political violence. In doing so, it calls for a rethinking of the anthropology of the state as well the relationship between political violence and contingent states. The Introduction provides background on the role of Buddhism in Mongolia historically, as well as reflects on the methodological issues involved in the research and writing about violence more generally.
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