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Eurasian Crossroads is the 1st accomplished heritage of Xinjiang, the great primary Eurasian area bordering India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Mongolia. Forming one-sixth of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Xinjiang stands on the crossroads among China, India, the Mediterranean, and Russia and has, because the Bronze Age, performed a pivotal position within the social, cultural, and political improvement of Asia and the realm.

Xinjiang used to be the hub of the Silk highway and the conduit wherein Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam entered China. It was once additionally the purpose at which the chinese language, Turkic, Tibetan, and Mongolian empires communicated and struggled with each other. Xinjiang's inhabitants contains Kazakhs, Kirghiz, and Uighurs, all Turkic Muslim peoples, in addition to Han chinese language, and competing chinese language and Turkic nationalist visions proceed to threaten the region's political and fiscal balance. along with separatist matters, Xinjiang's strength assets, strategic place, and quick improvement have won it overseas consciousness in contemporary decades.

Drawing on basic resources in different Asian and eu languages, James Millward provides a radical examine of Xinjiang's background and folks from antiquity to the current and takes a balanced examine the location of Turkic Muslims in the PRC this present day. whereas supplying clean fabric and views for experts, this attractive survey of Xinjiang's wealthy environmental, cultural, and ethno-political historical past is additionally written for tourists, scholars, and someone wanting to find out about this important connector among East and West.

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