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This is an auction for WILD WEST CHINA: THE TAMING OF XINJIANG,by Christian Tyler.

Amazon.com review:

“Closed to the world for half a century, the wilderness of Xinjiang in northwest China is returning to the light. The picture it presents is both fascinating and disturbing. Despite a savage landscape and climate, Xinjiang has a rich past: sand-buried cities, painted cave shrines, rare creatures, and wonderfully preserved mummies of European appearance. Their descendants, the Uighurs, still farm the oases that ring the Taklamakan, the world’s second largest sand desert, and the Kazakh and Kirghiz herdsmen still roam the mountains. The region’s history, however, has been punctuated by violence, usually provoked by outsiders—nomad chieftains from the north, Muslim emirs from Central Asia, Russian generals, or warlords from China. The Chinese regard the far west as a barbarian land. Only in the 1760s did they subdue it, and even then their rule was repeatedly broken. The Communists have done most to develop Xinjiang, as a penal colony, as a buffer against invasion, and as a supplier of raw materials and living space. But what China sees as its property the Uighurs regard as theft by an alien occupier. Tension has led to violence and savage reprisals. This portrait of Xinjiang is essential reading for travellers and for anyone interested in today’s China and the fate of minority peoples.”

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2004.

314 pages + 16 pages of photographs.

A bookplate on the flyleaf. Otherwise, near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95. If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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