The Myth of Chumik Shenko

Charles Allen challenges the accepted account of a tragic massacre that took place in Tibet a century ago this month.

On the morning of March 31st, 1904, two armies faced each other on the roof of the world. It was a confrontation between the mightiest political power in the world, represented by professional soldiers armed with Maxims, ten-pounders and Lee-Metfords, and one of the weakest: a medieval peasant army made up largely of conscripted serfs carrying swords, spears and the crudest of matchlocks. 

To continue reading this article you will need to purchase access to the online archive.

Buy Online Access  Buy Print & Archive Subscription

If you have already purchased access, or are a print & archive subscriber, please ensure you are logged in.

Please email if you have any problems.