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Xinjiang – China's Muslim Far Northwest

Xinjiang – China's Muslim Far Northwest BOOK REVIEWS 253 Xinjiang – China’s Muslim Far Northwest Michael Dillon London and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2004 (Durham East Asia Series) ISBN: 0-415-32051-8. £65.00. 201 pp. Wild West China: The Taming of Xinjiang Christian Tyler London: John Murray, 2003 ISBN: 0-7195-57356. £20.00. 314 pp. Due largely to the opening up of borders and expansion of trade with neigh- bouring Central Asian states and Pakistan, China’s Xinjiang province has taken on increasing geo-political significance in recent years, prompting claims that the region is regaining its historical mantle as the ‘pivot of Asia’ (a phrase first coined by Owen Lattimore in recognition of the area’s critical location on the Silk Road). On-going ethnic unrest together with the Chinese government’s efforts to link separatist movements to the global ‘war on terror’ have served to focus further international attention on the region. Wild West China by Christian Tyler and Xinjiang – China’s Muslim Far Northwest by Michael Dillon both seek to provide general surveys of Xinjiang province in the context of the region’s burgeoning international profile. Written by a former Financial Times journalist, Wild West China is clearly intended primarily for the general reader but it is also based on thorough http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Xinjiang – China's Muslim Far Northwest

Inner Asia , Volume 6 (2): 253 – Jan 1, 2004

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Brill
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© 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1464-8172
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2210-5018
DOI
10.1163/146481704793647090
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BOOK REVIEWS 253 Xinjiang – China’s Muslim Far Northwest Michael Dillon London and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2004 (Durham East Asia Series) ISBN: 0-415-32051-8. £65.00. 201 pp. Wild West China: The Taming of Xinjiang Christian Tyler London: John Murray, 2003 ISBN: 0-7195-57356. £20.00. 314 pp. Due largely to the opening up of borders and expansion of trade with neigh- bouring Central Asian states and Pakistan, China’s Xinjiang province has taken on increasing geo-political significance in recent years, prompting claims that the region is regaining its historical mantle as the ‘pivot of Asia’ (a phrase first coined by Owen Lattimore in recognition of the area’s critical location on the Silk Road). On-going ethnic unrest together with the Chinese government’s efforts to link separatist movements to the global ‘war on terror’ have served to focus further international attention on the region. Wild West China by Christian Tyler and Xinjiang – China’s Muslim Far Northwest by Michael Dillon both seek to provide general surveys of Xinjiang province in the context of the region’s burgeoning international profile. Written by a former Financial Times journalist, Wild West China is clearly intended primarily for the general reader but it is also based on thorough

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Published: Jan 1, 2004

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