Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang Illustrated Edition
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The requisite scholarly reading on the region. -- Nicolas Becquelin ― China Quarterly
[An] excellent... and invaluable book. -- Jonathan Mirsky ― New York Review of Books
Well written, well documented, analytical, detailed and stimulating. I recommend it strongly. -- Colin MacKerras ― American Historical Review
The first successful attempt to grapple with the entire history of Xinjiang... Recommended. ― Choice
A masterful and insightful piece of integrative scholarship, unique in the literature in its scope and execution, and a pleasure to read. -- Morgan Liu ― H-Soyuz
Millward's book fills an important gap in the growing literature on Xingjiang, and it will be indispensable to students. -- Ildiko Beller-Hann ― The Journal of Asian Studies
About the Author
- Publisher : Columbia University Press; Illustrated edition (July 28, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 023113925X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0231139250
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.94 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Xinjiang, or, more precisely, the area know known as Xinjiang has truly been at the crossroads of East and West, North and South, and as such has been subject to a considerable number of diverse and fluctuating influences. The rapidity and fluidity of change is, to my mind at least, unparalleled in the history of any region in the world.
As such, the research alone to put this book together would have required considerable skill.
Is it a definitive history of Xinjiang? No, it is not. Does it have faults? Yes, it does. But these are not criticisms because I honestly believe such a book that does not exhibit some of these characteristics could not be written. Given that the region has been at the crossroads of civilisations source material is written in many languages, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Swedish et al. And much of it remains hidden in vaults owned by the previous U.S.S.R. and the current Communist People's Republic of China.
Nonetheless, Mr Millwards's offering is very well done and for anyone a little interested in this fantastic land and the people that have lived in it and passed through it, this book is an ideal starting point in a never ending journey of discovery.
A forewarning ... Every single person and peoples, places or events with anything to do with the region has hundreds of different names and spelling variations and, for the novice, this is extremely daunting at first, but persevere it is worth it!