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'Reform & Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier'
*[A5+] Hardback / Dustjacket - 368 pages,
by David Brophy
Published Harvard Press.

Description :

The meeting of the Russian and Qing empires in the nineteenth century had dramatic consequences for Central Asia’s Muslim communities. Along this frontier, a new political space emerged, shaped by competing imperial and spiritual loyalties, cross-border economic and social ties, and the revolutions that engulfed Russia and China in the early twentieth century. David Brophy explores how a community of Central Asian Muslims responded to these historic changes by reinventing themselves as the modern Uyghur nation.

As exiles and émigrés, traders and seasonal laborers, a diverse diaspora of Muslims from China’s northwest province of Xinjiang spread to Russian territory, where they became enmeshed in political and intellectual currents among Russia’s Muslims. From the many national and transnational discourses of identity that circulated in this mixed community, the rhetoric of Uyghur nationhood emerged as a rallying point in the tumult of the Bolshevik Revolution and Russian Civil War. Working both with and against Soviet policy, a shifting alliance of constituencies invoked the idea of a Uyghur nation to secure a place for itself in Soviet Central Asia and to spread the revolution to Xinjiang. Although its existence was contested in the fractious politics of the 1920s, in the 1930s the Uyghur nation achieved official recognition in the Soviet Union and China.

Grounded in a wealth of little-known archives from across Eurasia, Uyghur Nation offers a bottom-up perspective on nation-building in the Soviet Union and China and provides crucial background to the ongoing contest for the history and identity of Xinjiang.

Reviews :

“Drawing on sources in several languages, this book demonstrates how the idea of a Uyghur nation emerged in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Brophy shows how intellectuals in Taranchi and Kashgari communities along the Xinjiang–Russian border, inspired by academic writings on ancient Uyghurs, negotiated a new concept of Uyghur identity. This study is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the Uyghur national idea, and to Central Asian and Xinjiang studies.”—Ablet Kamalov, Institute of Oriental Studies, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

“In Uyghur Nation, Brophy transforms our understanding of the history of the Uyghurs. At the center of Brophy’s attention is the question of how the Muslims of Chinese Turkistan came to imagine themselves as Uyghur. He traces the emergence of Uyghurist discourse by placing Uyghur history firmly where it belongs—in the very center of Eurasia at the crossroads of three empires. Brophy relates the emergence of Uyghurist discourse to developments in Muslim societies of Xinjiang and beyond as they came to terms with pressures and influences from the Qing, the Russian, and the Ottoman empires. Prodigiously researched across many archives and in multiple languages, Uyghur Nation is a major work of transnational history that deserves a wide readership.”—Adeeb Khalid, Carleton College.

Table of Contents :

---List of Maps and Illustrations*
---Note on Transliteration.


---[1]. People and Place in Chinese Turkistan,

---[2]. The Making of a Colonial Frontier,

---[3]. Imperial and Islamic Reform between Turkistan and Turkey,

---[4]. The End of Empire and the Racial Turn,

---[5]. Rebellion, Revolution, and Civil War,

---[6]. From Party to Nation,

---[7]. Between the Chinese Revolution and the Stalin Revolution,

---[8]. The Battle for Xinjiang and the Uyghur Nation.


---Select Bibliography,

Maps and Illustrations*
------Eurasia in the late nineteenth century,
------The Russia–China frontier, ca. 1900,
------Soviet Central Asia and Xinjiang in the late 1920s.
------A prince (taiji beg) of Hami, 1890,
------Caravanserai on the Osh-Kashgar road, 1915,
------A view of Ghulja, 1880,
------The ruins of Zharkent, 1880,
------Bazaar in Andijan, late nineteenth century,
------The Vali Bay Mosque in Zharkent, 1911,
------Muslim dignitaries in Semireche, 1899,
------The Xinjiang Provincial Consultative Bureau, Ürümchi, 1910,
------The New Army in Huiyuan (Xincheng), 1910,
------Bahauddin Musabayev, Ghulja, 1910,
------Abdullah Rozibaqiev and family,
------Qadir Haji Hashim Hajiev, Moscow, 1926,
------May Day rally of the Ploughman (Qoshchi) Union, Zharkent, 1927,
------Li Rong, Xu Lian, Sheng Shicai, and Chen Deli, Ürümchi, 1935,
------Khoja Niyaz Haji, Ürümchi, 1935.

*Dimensions : 24.1 x 16.5cm.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 11 December, 2019.