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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One geopolitical theme which recurs is Chinese empires extending into the Tarim basin and Dzungaria to interrupt links with steppe confederations to the northeast. Henryk rated it liked it Aug 05, Customers who bought this item also bought. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. When Fahsien crossed the Taklamakan desert in hisgory 5th century on his way to India, Central Asian Zoroastrians conversed with Buddhists of many views, or Animists, or Confucians, or Taoists.

Nonetheless, like claims hjstory Tibet, China saw Singkiang as part of its empire, and when the Russians and British began to move east and northward in the 19th century, Singkiang became more important to China as a strategic buffer. Columbia University Press July 28, Language: Choice A masterful and insightful piece of integrative scholarship, unique in the literature in its scope and execution, and a pleasure to read. This is the only available book in English that details the history of Xinjiang.

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Definitel Millward does an amazing job threading together the disjointed and war-torn history of one of Asia’s most intriguing frontiers. Buddha’s Way Through Darwin’s World. Xinjiang only seems to make the news when Uyghur-Han relations deteriorate to the point of violence, but the region is one of the crossroads of the world, with a fascinating geography and history.

For the beginner this is extremely challenging but it helps to be forwarned. The situation now is another of the world’s insoluble ethnic conflicts and presents a situation where the development of Singkiang now exceeds its carrying capacity. Indeed a very informative and enjoyable read about Xinjiang. The author covers everything from the Stone Age to the early s. Although the province may not have suffered more than elsewhere in China, the natives regarded the violence which occurred as coming from the Han.


The rapidity and fluidity of change is, to my mind at least, unparalleled in the history of any region in the world. To follow the ebbs and flows of these highly fluid polities is taxing to say the least.

Although Han generals made it all the way to the mountains above what is now Pakistan or Afghanistan, besides traders crosssroads a few agricultural communities, the Han did not remain in numbers until very recently and Singkiang did not absorb Chinese ways. I recommend it strongly. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. 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.

And all this is done so as to be accessible to non-specialists. Xinjiang was once the hub of the Silk Road and the conduit through which Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam entered China.

Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang

No author to my knowledge hisstory explored this to any degree but it goes to the very heart of the matter in understanding the Uyghurs and Xinjiang. Crossroaxs tribe may become ascendant, carve out an “empire” only to be overtaken sometimes within decades, not centuries, as with Rome or Greece.

Chou En-lai attempted to draw inspiration from these texts during discussions with Nehru on the Sino-Indian boundary question in New Delhi in From inside the book.

The early history of the region involved the Tokharians, Xiongnu and Han, and then a struggle between the Tibetans and the Tang over the Tarim basin, which also involved the Arabs. Refresh and try again. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Besides Millward’s interesting historical detail, what people focus on now is the current conflict between Uyghurs and Chinese.


The Qing recovery of Xinjiang following the rebellions of and the emirate of Ya’qub Beg, was “the last imperial campaign of a dying empire”. First, as the author shows Og is not some ancient indigenous race but an identity emerging in the last few hundred years.

There’s another great review of Eurasian Crossroads that I recommend that includes quotes from the author himself. It was also the point at which the Chinese, Turkic, Tibetan, and Mongolian empires communicated and struggled with one another. A History of Xinjiang. To research it and then to make it into a readable and informative book is something Mr Millward has achieved admirably.

But these are not criticisms because I honestly believe such xinjiagn book that does not exhibit some of these characteristics could not be written. After a sojourn in India Fahsien took a boat home by way of what is now Indonesia. For example the Uyghurs, ihstory that group who are generally referred to as the “Uyghurs” carved out an impressive empire that only lasted a hundred or so years.

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.

Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang – James A. Millward – Google Books

A History of Xinjiang. It was also the point at which the Chinese, Turkic, Tibetan, and Mongolian empires crossroaes and struggled with one another. See my reviews of books on Tibetan history.

The xrossroads does his best not to be biased and providing different sides to the story. Millward No preview available – Mr Andrew M Speke rated it really liked it Jan 30,