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China's last Nomads : the history and culture of China's Kazaks
Benson, Linda.
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Publication Information:
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [1998]

Physical Description:
xiii, 251 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"An East gate book."
Reading Level:
1480 Lexile.

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DS731.K38 B46 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This study, based on Chinese publications and archival materials as well as on recent fieldwork, provides an up-to-date treatment of Kazak history and culture, emphasizing the Kazaks in 20th-century China and, in particular, their status today as one of China's minority nationalities.

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Choice Review

Benson's book is a significant contribution to the study of Kazaks, especially their role as a minority in China. Xinjiang's remoteness and distance made Kazak integration with China proper difficult. Natural factors such as climate, land aridity, mountain ranges, and the Gobe Desert have accentuated Xinjiang's isolation from east to west. However, this isolation has also reinforced the Kazak's Islamic tradition and ties to Central Asia. Every Chinese attempt at political integration and secularization in Xinjiang has added to the existing political tension because of fundamental differences in language, literature, education, technology, employment, and religion. Yet Xinjiang's size (one-sixth of China's land mass) and natural resources cannot be ignored by Beijing, which has maintained a tenuous relationship with the region. The success of Chinese efforts depends largely on Beijing's willingness to accommodate and fulfill the needs of this fiercely proud, independent, and religious minority. Two brief maps; 22 charts, tables, and illustrations; 14 photographs. Profuse multilingual sources. Appropriate for all levels. H. T. Wong Eastern Washington University

Table of Contents

1 The Kazaks of Northwestern China: The Physical and Cultural Setting
2 Kazaks in Central Eurasia and China to the Twentieth Century
3 China's Kazaks 1912-1949
4 CCP Minority Policy and Its Implementation in Xinjiang
5 Life at the Local Level: Development and Change in Xinjiang's Autonomous Kazak Areas
6 Kazak Culture and Chinese Politics
7 Kazakstan and China's Kazaks in the 21st Century