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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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.

Drawing on primary sources in several Asian and European languages, James Millward presents a thorough study of Xinjiang’s history and people from antiquity to the present and takes a balanced look at the position of Turkic Muslims within the PRC today.

My critisims of the book is firstly in the nomenclature as I do not thing that Millward has chosen one that is a “best fit”, but my opinion only and perhaps not that germane to the quality overall of the offering.

The level of detail is really astounding, almost overwhelming in some ways. First, as the author shows Uyghur is not some ancient indigenous race but an identity emerging in the last few hundred years. The second difficulty is that, unlike for example the history of Greece or Rome, things in central Asia were incredibly fluid.

Set up a giveaway. 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. I didn’t know that the PRC government implements a lot of Qing dynasty policies from the past to govern Xinjiang.


Key trends have been increasing Han migration, an emphasis on development, and increasing concerns about water, though hydrological engineering has been preferred over accepting constraints on development.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. No 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. We should take the complexities of this story to heart when we hear competing claims from the Chinese and the Uyghur nationalists. This is complex and sometimes hard to follow, but Millward’s account here is more succinct and easier to follow than Beckwith’s in The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia.

Gaute rated it it was amazing Feb 19, What is an Uyghur, for example? Read more Read less. As a “cross road” as the title implies we have to deal with so many different names for the same thing. Unlike the Tibetans and the Han Chinese Uyghurs are an amalgam and many are called Uyghurs today that do not have their ethnic roots with the “Uyghur tribes of very early times.

The bewildering multiplicities of peoples and societies which coexisted or drove one another out is hard to keep straight. A History of Xinjiang. I used to think that Sinicization went hand in hand with Chinese expansion. 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.

Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang (James Millward)

Ilze Bergmane rated it it was amazing Aug 26, Developments since have seen Xinjiang opening up to the broader world, along with the rest of China, and its Central Asian connections become more important. He specializes in the history of China and Central Eurasia, including Xinjiang. I recommend it strongly. Aug 13, Yang Chu rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s designed as an introduction to the history of Xinjiang, and in a way it is, because it’s a comprehensive look at all of Xinjiang’s history.


Barry Thrasher rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Besides Millward’s interesting historical detail, what people focus on now is the current conflict between Uyghurs and Chinese.

Millward does an amazing job threading together the disjointed and war-torn history of one of Asia’s most intriguing frontiers.

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Eurasian Crossroads

Customers who bought this item also bought. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. But these are not criticisms because I honestly believe such a book that does not exhibit some of these characteristics could not be written. Although the province may not have suffered more than elsewhere in China, the natives regarded the violence which occurred as coming from the Han. There is resentment all around.

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Then there were the Euraisan, both majority Han but they too came from different parts of China and the Manchus who ruled them for several hundred years.