Wild West China: The Taming of Xinjiang

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813535333
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 In the wilderness 3
2 Kings, Khans and Khojas 24
3 The fragrant concubine 57
4 The baby general 88
5 Red dawn 129
6 Riots and reprisals 155
7 Skeletons in the sand 181
8 The great leap west 199
9 The diaspora 222
10 Separate tables 247
Postscript : the dragon and the wolf 268
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    Sympathy to Racial Terrorism

    Based on my 28 year experience in XinJiang, I strongly believe the author did not simply present the facts as he stated in the book. Instead, he twisted the information in order to support his sympathy to the racial terrorism. The book would be much different if the author or his family were the victim of the terrorist attack in XinJiang.

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