Amaury de Riencourt

Amaury de Riencourt (born 12 June 1918 in Orléans, France; died 13 January 2005 at Bellevue, Switzerland)[1] was a writer, historian, an expert on Southeast Asia, Indian scholar, sinologist, tibetologist and Americanist.[2][3]

Amaury de Riencourt was born in Orléans into a family of the French nobility which dates back at least to the 12th century.[2] He graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris and held a Master's degree from the University of Algiers.[4]

de Riencourt served in the French Navy during the earlier part of the Second World War (1939–40).

In 1947, he visited Tibet, staying in Lhasa, where he remained for five months.[5] He met the Dalai Lama, who declared that the country was governed in all areas as an independent nation, adding that the orders of his government were obeyed across the country.[6]

De Riencourt's magnum opus was probably The Coming Caesars [1957], which explores the ethnic and ideological roots of America, Europe and Russia, comparing also classical times with the contemporary world (19th-20th centuries). He also wrote a number of other books (all written in English), including The American Empire; Lost World: Tibet; The Eye of Shiva; The Soul of China; The Soul of India; Woman and Power in History; Sex and Power in History; Roof of the World: Tibet, and an autobiography entitled A Child of the Century.


  1. ^ Amaury de Riencourt
  2. ^ a b (in English) K. Natwar Singh, Forgotten Prophet, Outlook India
  3. ^ Amaury de Riencourt, India and Pakistan in the Shadow of Afghanistan, 1982/83, Foreign Affairs
  4. ^ Alain Joly, Amaury de Riencourt
  5. ^ Jamyang Norbu, Black Annals: Goldstein & The Negation Of Tibetan History (Part I), Shadow of Tibet, 19 juillet 2008
  6. ^ The Political Philosophy of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Selected Speeches and Writings, 1998, Édité par A.A. Shiromany, Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre, dalaï-lama, lettre au Secrétaire général de l'ONU datée du 9 septembre 1959.