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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Choice A masterful and insightful piece of integrative scholarship, unique in the literature in its scope and execution, and a pleasure to read.

Ships from and sold eurasiaj Amazon. Millward emphasises geography and ecology throughout Eurasian Crossroadsexploring the importance of deserts, trade routes and oases, agriculture and water, and other long-term environmental and economic structures and constraints. Showing of 7 reviews.

Eurasian Crossroads

One unusual feature was the settling in Xinjiang of demobilised soldiers, histoyr by a quasi-military Bingtuan answering directly to the party and Beijing. A History of Xinjiang James A.

Elsewhere in China, Han military expansion, was followed by soldier and peasant colonists from the heartland along with a policy of intermarriage, linguistic domination and cultural assimilation.

Tiananmen 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. Aug 28, Stephen Sullivan rated it really liked it Shelves: While Han now equal the number of Uyghurs, Kazaks, Hui, etc. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As part of the People’s Republic of China, Xinjiang faced central government policies to minorities and Islam that fluctuated between assimilationist and non-assimilationist.

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Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang

I read this author’s article on NY Times. Besides Eurasiian interesting historical detail, what people focus on now is the current conflict between Uyghurs and Chinese.

In Eurasian Crossroads Millward traces this from prehistory, through struggles between Chinese and Turks and Arabs, Islamisation, and incorporation into China — as the province of Xinjiang, as a frontier region facing Russia, and as a drossroads part of China’s engagement with Central Asia and the world.

A history of Xinjiang and ergo the study thereof is fraught with many difficulties particularly relating to pre But these are not criticisms because I honestly believe such a book that does not exhibit some of these characteristics could not be written.

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.

And much of it remains hidden in vaults owned by the previous U. The history was fascinating, but I really struggled reading it at points. So until the communist revolution, China influenced Singkiang but its rule did penetrate too deeply.

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Besides separatist concerns, Xinjiang’s energy resources, strategic position, and rapid development have gained it international attention in recent decades. There’s another great review of Eurasian Crossroads that I recommend that includes quotes from the author himself. He discusses Xinjiang’s world historical role as a commercial entrepot and cultural conduit by which Buddhism, Christianity and Islam entered China and its interactions with Tibetan, Mongol and other Inner Asian empires as well as with Chinese dynasties.

Buy the selected items together This item: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Millward Limited preview – Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. 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.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? We should take the complexities of this story to heart when we hear competing claims from the Chinese and the Uyghur nationalists. Write a customer review. Nicolas Becquelin China Quarterly [An] excellent Confusing at first, but by far the most comprehensive, unbiased representation of the region’s history. However, it is so dense and so complicated that it would be difficult for a complete beginner to get into.

Again and it is only my opinion that the ethnicity of the Uyghurs was not more fully examined Notwithstanding the foregoing Millward’s book is very good.