Wild West China: The Taming of Xinjiang

Wild West China: The Taming of Xinjiang

by Christian Tyler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813535336

ISBN-13: 9780813535333

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

"Closed to the world for half a century, like a black hole in the Asian landmass, the wilderness of Xinjiang in northwest China is returning to the light. The picture it presents is both fascinating and disturbing." "The Chinese regard the far west as a barbarian land. Only in the 1760s did they subdue it, and even then their rule was repeatedly broken. Compared with…  See more details below

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"Closed to the world for half a century, like a black hole in the Asian landmass, the wilderness of Xinjiang in northwest China is returning to the light. The picture it presents is both fascinating and disturbing." "The Chinese regard the far west as a barbarian land. Only in the 1760s did they subdue it, and even then their rule was repeatedly broken. Compared with the Russians' conquest of Siberia, or the Americans' trek west, China's colonization of Xinjiang has been late and difficult. The Communists have done most to develop it, as a penal colony, as a buffer against invasion, and as a supplier of raw materials and living space for an overpopulated country. But what China sees as its property, the Uighurs regard as theft by an alien occupier. Tension has led to violence and savage reprisals." This portrait of Xinjiang should be essential reading for travelers and for anyone interested in today's China and the fate of minority peoples.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813535333
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1In the wilderness3
2Kings, Khans and Khojas24
3The fragrant concubine57
4The baby general88
5Red dawn129
6Riots and reprisals155
7Skeletons in the sand181
8The great leap west199
9The diaspora222
10Separate tables247
Postscript : the dragon and the wolf268

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