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Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang

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Eurasian Crossroads is the first comprehensive history of Xinjiang, the vast central Eurasian region bordering India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Mongolia. Forming one-sixth of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Xinjiang stands at the crossroads between China, India, the Mediterranean, and Russia and has, since the Bronze Age, ...more
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Columbia University Press (first published November 24th 2006)
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Josh & Tiffany
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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If you have any interest in the history of Xinjiang and the Chinese Silk Road, this is a great book. Confusing at first, but by far the most comprehensive, unbiased representation of the region's history.

There's another great review of Eurasian Crossroads that I recommend that includes quotes from the author himself.
Stephen Sullivan
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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A history of Xinjiang and ergo the study thereof is fraught with many difficulties particularly relating to pre 1800. The first difficulty is the nomenclature. As a "cross road" as the title implies we have to deal with so many different names for the same thing. We are dealing with Chinese, Turkic, Russian, English and several other languages. And it is not only the languages but also the spelling differences even within the languages. For the beginner this is extremely challenging but it helps ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
An extremely well-researched and in depth books about the region of Xinjiang. The author covers everything from the Stone Age to the early 2000s. The level of detail is really astounding, almost overwhelming in some ways. 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. However, it is so dense and so complicated that it would be difficult for a complete beginner to get into. The history was fascinatin ...more
Missy J
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Indeed a very informative and enjoyable read about Xinjiang. The author does his best not to be biased and providing different sides to the story. For that I truly applaud Millward. This book has enhanced my knowledge on Xinjiang's complex history and China's relationship with the frontier province. I didn't know that the PRC government implements a lot of Qing dynasty policies from the past to govern Xinjiang. There are black and white pictures in the book, which are tastefully selected by the ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Millward does an amazing job threading together the disjointed and war-torn history of one of Asia's most intriguing frontiers. I'm amazed he was able to piece together a coherent narrative from all the various sources in several different languages, despite frequent gaps and periodic destructions, all while pointing out common historical trends. The book is highly readable, and is the perfect book to start with on the region, and has references to almost any topic related to Xinjiang. Definitel ...more
Yang Chu
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Great balanced history of Xinjiang. Super interesting to learn of the region's ambiguous role as China's hinterland through the centuries, the mutable nature (and Soviet origins) of China's ethnic minority designations, the impact of seemingly unrelated global events on daily life of Uyghurs, the shifting landscape of Western Development and counter terrorism propaganda... Worth a read.
Kit Condill
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you like this sort of thing, this book is really great. Millward lays it all out there, from the beginning of time to the 2000s.
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