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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It’s almost impossible s keep track of all the changing groups in the region without taking notes. Rowland Pasaribu rated it liked it Aug 18, English Choose a language for shopping.

There is extensive notes, pictures, and maps throughout the book along with a concise timeline and a wonderful biblography for further reading. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Peter rated it really liked it Jul 03, We are dealing with Chinese, Turkic, Russian, English and several other languages. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Please try again later. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Forming one-sixth of the People’s Republic of Jistory PRCXinjiang stands at the crossroads between China, India, the Mediterranean, and Russia and has, since od Bronze Age, played a pivotal role in the social, cultural, and political development of Asia and the world.

It is not clear how widespread the resentment is in the recent violence in Tibet some Hui Muslims were attacked and killed.

Set up a giveaway. Jan 28, Rebecca rated it liked xlnjiang Shelves: Key trends have been increasing Han migration, an emphasis on development, and increasing concerns about water, though hydrological engineering has been preferred over accepting constraints on development.

Millward emphasises geography and ecology throughout Eurasian Crossroadsexploring the importance of deserts, trade routes and oases, agriculture crossdoads water, and other long-term environmental and economic structures and constraints. Xinjiang’s population comprises Kazakhs, Kirghiz, and Uighurs, all Turkic Muslim peoples, as well as Han Chinese, and competing Chinese and Turkic nationalist visions continue to threaten the region’s political and economic stability.


Millward lays it all out there, from the beginning of time to the s. Besides separatist concerns, Xinjiang’s energy resources, strategic position, and rapid development have gained it international attention in recent decades. To escape, thousands fled into xinuiang Soviet Union where they remained in the so-called Stans when the Soviet Union collapsed. Xiniiang square gives good evidence that the Communist Party will not tolerate threats to order and the reaction to Falun Gong shows the leadership is still paranoid about religion.

This leads to many questions about nationalistic, separatist and terrorist issues and is vital in understanding them. Drawing on primary sources in several Asian and European languages, James Millward presents a thorough study of Xinjiang’s history and people from antiquity to the present and takes a balanced look at the position of Turkic Muslims within the PRC today. These crossrooads into resistance as among the pastoralists who fought back, killed their stock or fled to avoid settlement.

Want to Read saving…. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Although Han generals made it all the way to the mountains above what is now Pakistan or Afghanistan, besides traders and a few agricultural communities, the Han did not remain in numbers until very recently and Singkiang did not absorb Chinese ways.

Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang

Then followed a tremendous influx of Han moved to Singkiang for political reasons or immigrating for economic opportunity. In terms of a topic I do not think anyone could have chosen one harder than a history of Xinjiang. Lists with This Book. Besides Millward’s interesting historical detail, what people focus on now is the current conflict between Uyghurs and Chinese. Millward No preview available – Grace rated it it was amazing Jan 09, One geopolitical theme which recurs is Chinese empires extending into the Tarim basin and Dzungaria to interrupt links with steppe confederations to the northeast.


Buy the selected items together This item: Aug 23, Adam Grode added it. Nicolas Becquelin China Quarterly [An] excellent If you like this sort of thing, this book is really great. I recommend it strongly. Mr Andrew M Speke rated it really liked it Jan 30, Its ebbs and flows seemed more Europe-like.

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And all this is done so as to be accessible to non-specialists. First, as the author shows Uyghur is not some ancient indigenous race but an identity emerging in the last few hundred years.

James Millward draws on primary sources and scholarly research in several European and Asian languages to provide the first general account in English of the history of Xinjiang and its peoples from earliest times xijjiang the present.

However, it is so dense and so complicated that it would be difficult for a complete beginner to get into. This is the only available book in English that details the history of Xinjiang.

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The Cultural Revolution brought political chaos and took the economy to the point of collapse, but was followed by a period of reform and a return to more accommodating minority policies.

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Jun 10, Josh Summers rated it it was amazing Shelves: A History of 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. January External links: