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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But in Singkiang that did not happen. Crossroacs author to my knowledge has explored this to any degree but it goes to the very heart of the matter in understanding the Uyghurs and Xinjiang. If I had to rate this book on scholarship alone, I would give it a 5, but I really can’t say that it’s very readable.

There is resentment all around. A History of Xinjiang.

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

The author does his best not to be biased and providing different sides to the story. 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. He lives in Washington, D. The third difficulty is identifying what constitutes an ethnic group. Ilze Bergmane rated it it was amazing Aug 26, In the last couple of thousand years, who the “others” in Singkiang have constantly changed.


Millward emphasises geography and ecology throughout Eurasian Crossroadsexploring the importance of deserts, trade euurasian and oases, agriculture and water, and other long-term environmental and economic structures and constraints. By doing so, Millward may have unwittingly lent himself open to criticism that in his professional work he appears to be guided more by some age old Chinese text than hard scientific evidence.

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Buddha’s Way Through Darwin’s World. I read this author’s article on NY Times. In terms of a topic I do not think anyone could have chosen one harder than a history of Xinjiang.

See all 7 reviews. From the time of the Qing Manchu reinvasion of the area in the 17th and 18th centuries, I could more easily grasp the history of Singkiang.

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In recent decades its historic silk road linkages have grown increasingly global, with issues of energy, development, separatism and terrorism bringing the region into the news. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Other editions – View all Eurasian Crossroads: These ran into resistance as among the pastoralists who fought back, killed their stock or fled to avoid settlement.

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.


Since antiquity it has stood at the crossroads between China, India, the Mediterranean and Russia.

Meanwhile merchants continued to cross the dried expanses. Showing of 7 reviews. Its ebbs and flows seemed more Europe-like. Aug 28, Stephen Sullivan rated it really liked it Shelves: The Qing recovery of Xinjiang following the rebellions of crossrlads the emirate of Ya’qub Beg, was “the last imperial campaign of a dying empire”.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Then several hundred years later Muslims of various persuasions entered Singkiang. Corssroads didn’t know that the PRC government implements a lot of Qing dynasty policies from the past to govern Xinjiang.

Super interesting to learn of the region’s ambiguous role as China’s hinterland through the centuries, the mutable nature and Soviet origins of China’s ethnic minority designations, the impact of seemingly unrelated global events on daily life of Uyghurs, the xinnjiang landscape of Western Development and counter terrorism propaganda One unusual feature was the settling in Xinjiang of demobilised soldiers, coordinated by a quasi-military Bingtuan answering directly to the party and Beijing.