Tibetan Empire, Christopher I. Beckwith
The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia was brought into being by polyglot polymath philologist MacArthur Fellowship recipient and stupefyingly wide-ranging medieval Central Asian civilizations-ist scholar Christopher I. Beckwith as the "first detailed narrative history of the Tibetan Empire in Central Asia written in any language" (vii). By 1993, Princeton University Press had released a 4th printing/1st paperback edition (with a new afterword by Beckwith), suggesting a widening readership for what some might regard as a rarified subject.
"Book Review: Christopher I. Beckwith. The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia,"
Comparative Civilizations Review: Vol. 84:
84, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/ccr/vol84/iss84/11