In 1944 Moslem forces in China's westernmost province of Xinjiang rose against the Chinese authorities and succeeded in establishing a small independent Islamic state - the East Turkestan Republic. Based on newly available archival material, this book describes the Moslem challenge to Chinese rule and documents the Nationalist government's response to newly awakened Turkic-Moslem nationalism on China's most remote and politically sensitive north-western frontier. With this book, Linda Benson aims to break new ground in the study of Sino-Soviet relations and especially of the policies of Chinese governments toward their national minorities.
Table of Contents
Preface, Tables, Abbreviations and Measurements, Maps, 1. Introduction, 2. National Minority Policy in Republican China, 3. Geographical and Historical Background to the Rebellion, 4. The Establishment of the East Turkestan Republic, 5. Xinjiang's 1946 Coalition Government, 6. The Xinjiang Coalition, January to July 1947, 7. Xinjiang After the Collapse of the Coalition, 1947-1949, 8. Conclusion, Appendices, Notes, Glossary, Selected Bibliography, Index
Linda K. Benson