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PDF | The problems of writing a history of China’s arid westernmost (and largest) province begin with what to what to call it. The People’s Republic of China. Eurasian Crossroads has 45 ratings and 8 reviews. Josh said: If you have any interest in the history of Xinjiang and the Chinese Silk Road, this is a gre. James Millward. Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. $ (cloth), ISBN

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Is it a definitive history of Xinjiang? But these are not criticisms because I honestly believe such a book that does not exhibit some of these characteristics could not be written.

Eurasian Crossroads

Return to Book Page. It was also the point at which the Chinese, Turkic, Tibetan, and Mongolian empires communicated and struggled with one another.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Singkiang seems very different from Tibet although there are similarities in how China treated it.

Jonathan Bostwick rated it really liked it Dec 31, Chad rated it really liked it Oct 29, Histoory second difficulty is that, unlike for example the history of Greece or Rome, things in central Asia were incredibly fluid.

Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang by James A. Millward

Choice A masterful and insightful piece of integrative scholarship, unique in the literature in its scope and execution, and a pleasure to read. The modern province consists of the Tarim Basin, Dzungaria, the Turfan Basin, and the headwaters of the Yili, bounded by mountain ranges including the Kunlun, the Karakoram and Pamir, the Tianshan and the Altai. The Souls of China: The book is highly readable, and is the perfect book to start with on the region, and has references to almost any topic related crossfoads Xinjiang.


There are black and white pictures in the book, which are tastefully selected by the Indeed a very informative and enjoyable read about Xinjiang.

Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang

I didn’t know that the PRC government implements a lot of Qing dynasty policies from the past to govern Xinjiang. It’s designed as an introduction to the history of Xinjiang, and in a way it is, because it’s a comprehensive look at all of Xinjiang’s history.

Then several hundred years later Muslims of various persuasions entered Singkiang. Forming one-sixth of the People’s Republic of China PRCXinjiang stands at the crossroads between China, India, the Mediterranean, and Russia and has, since the Bronze Age, played a pivotal role in the social, cultural, and political development of Asia and the world. I was mostly wrong. For the beginner this is extremely challenging but it helps A history of Xinjiang and ergo the study thereof is fraught with many difficulties particularly relating to pre Remi rated it liked it Nov 26, What is an Uyghur, for example?

Chinese policy on nationalities and the inability to make instant socialist change, where there was neither consensus nor shared ways of life, kept the impact somewhat in check. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Resistance grew despite the fact that Uyghur merchants grew rich on trade with central China and external trade with Singkiang’s new neighbors.


Ships from and sold by Amazon. The early 20th century saw complex struggles between warlords, Soviet Russia, the Guomindang, the Chinese Communist Party, and two brief-lived “East Turkestan Republics” whose status remains disputed.

Eutasian you like this sort of thing, this book is really great. Hardcoverpages. There is extensive notes, pictures, and maps throughout the book along with a concise timeline and a wonderful biblography for further reading.

Strangers in Their Own Land. Millward No preview available – Chou En-lai attempted to draw inspiration from these texts during discussions with Nehru on the Sino-Indian boundary question in New Delhi in Although the US has gone along with Chinese labeling these groups as terrorist, it is not clear how the Singkiangese feel about them. And it is not only the languages but also the spelling differences even within the languages.

I used to think that Sinicization went hand in hand with Chinese expansion.

Repression brings on xinuiang reaction and peoples do not want to live with the “others. When Fahsien crossed the Taklamakan desert in the 5th century on his way to India, Central Asian Zoroastrians conversed with Buddhists of many views, or Animists, or Confucians, or Taoists. See all 7 reviews. A History of Xinjiang James A.