Bhutan - Empire, who were allowed to "guide"...

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Bhutan A small mountainous Kingdom sandwiched between India and China, Bhutan was a land of minor warring fiefdoms until Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal united them in the 1630s. He sought to carve a separate identity from the Tibeten culture from which many practices derived. The country fell to civil war with his passing, but the country was able to thwart two invasion attempts. They invaded Cooch Behar kingdom, which appealed to the British West India Company, which helped ousted the Bhutanese and both parties signed a peace treaty that lead to a tenuous peace. Actual peace followed during the Duar Wars, where Bhutan was defeated. The 1870s were a period where the Paro and Tongsa factions held a power struggle that lead to civil war. Ugyen Wangchuck of the the Tongsa faction came to power and suppressed further civil war and rebellion. His ascendancy as a hereditary king was recognized by the British
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Unformatted text preview: Empire, who were allowed to "guide" Bhutan's foreign affairs. Bhutan was the first country to recognize the independence of India from Britain. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck set up the legislature, to promote the increasing democratic governance that would follow. Bhutan was admitted to the UN after three years of observer status. Jigme Singye Wangchuck ascended to the throne. He was later responsible for the many modern reforms of Bhutan, including parliamentary democracy, and created the concept of Gross National Happiness. He abdicated to his eldest son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who received international attention for being Estrogen Brigade Bait . The country is gradually opening up to the world, albeit slowly, so as to preserve its Bhuddist culture. Their flag is also famous for having a dragon on it. Needs a Better Description The Bhutanese flag...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.

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