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China's Last Nomads: The History and Culture of China's Kazaks (review)

China's Last Nomads: The History and Culture of China's Kazaks (review) 378 China Review International: Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1999 Linda Benson and Ingvar Svanberg. China's Last Nomads: The History and Culture of China's Kazaks. Armonk and London: M. E. Sharpe, 1998. xiii, 251 pp. Hardcover $63.95, ISBN 1­56324­781­X. Paperback $24.95, ISBN 1­ 56324­782­8. China's Last Nomads is the latest addition to the publications by Linda Benson and Ingvar Svanberg on the history and modern development of the Kazak people in China. While Benson's research focus has been on Xinjiang's Moslem minorities, Svanberg's interest is concentrated more on the history and culture of the people of Kazak nationality, be they in Kazakstan, China, or elsewhere. This new work represents the convergence of their research interests, and represents a further fruition of their collaboration.1 The overwhelming majority of the Kazaks in China reside in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. While Xinjiang may not be as "hot" as Tibet in terms of Western media attention and popular cultural and religious interests, this huge "frontier province" in China is politically and strategically more important to China as well as to her Central Asian neighbors. Large-scale Han Chinese immigration in the last fifty years has greatly altered the demographic picture of Xinjiang, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

China's Last Nomads: The History and Culture of China's Kazaks (review)

China Review International , Volume 6 (2) – Sep 1, 1999

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378 China Review International: Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1999 Linda Benson and Ingvar Svanberg. China's Last Nomads: The History and Culture of China's Kazaks. Armonk and London: M. E. Sharpe, 1998. xiii, 251 pp. Hardcover $63.95, ISBN 1­56324­781­X. Paperback $24.95, ISBN 1­ 56324­782­8. China's Last Nomads is the latest addition to the publications by Linda Benson and Ingvar Svanberg on the history and modern development of the Kazak people in China. While Benson's research focus has been on Xinjiang's Moslem minorities, Svanberg's interest is concentrated more on the history and culture of the people of Kazak nationality, be they in Kazakstan, China, or elsewhere. This new work represents the convergence of their research interests, and represents a further fruition of their collaboration.1 The overwhelming majority of the Kazaks in China reside in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. While Xinjiang may not be as "hot" as Tibet in terms of Western media attention and popular cultural and religious interests, this huge "frontier province" in China is politically and strategically more important to China as well as to her Central Asian neighbors. Large-scale Han Chinese immigration in the last fifty years has greatly altered the demographic picture of Xinjiang,

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 1, 1999

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