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The Lama Question: Violence, Sovereignty, and Exception in Early Socialist Mongolia

Christopher Kaplonski


In The lama question Chris Kaplonski examines the struggle between the new socialist government, which came to power following the overthrow of a Buddhist theocracy, and the dominant Buddhist establishment for the hearts and the minds of the populace in early socialist Mongolia (1924–1940). Spread over a decade and a half, the contest between the socialist government and Buddhists ultimately resulted in the death of approximately 18,000 Buddhist monks during an eighteen month period in the late 1930s. Drawing on hitherto unused archives, the book explores in unprecedented detail the policies t ... More

Keywords: political violence, state of exception, Mongolia, political anthropology, Buddhism, socialism, bare life, governmentality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838560
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Kaplonski, author
University of Cambridge