Political Science | Politics in Xinjiang
Y657 | 22386 | Bovingdon

This section meets with POLS Y401; CEUS U320 and U520

What was the Eastern Turkistan Republic?
Why have so many striven for so long to make Xinjiang independent?

In a scant one hundred twenty years, part of all of the region now
known as Xinjiang has been a colony of the Qing empire, a warlord
fiefdom, an independent republic, and a province of China.  Today it
is, like its southern neighbor Tibet, an "autonomous region" in
China.  As with Tibet, its politics long remained recondite to the
outside world. The last two decades have seen an explosion in
research on Xinjiang.  It is now possible to gain an extensive
understanding of the region through works of political science,
anthropology, sociology, and history.  This course will cover the
politics of the region from the late Qing through the present.  We
will study its changing political regimes, the short-lived
independent states founded within Xinjiang, and continuing separatist
struggles.  The course will focus on politics in Xinjiang since the
founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949; topics will
include the role of Islam, identity politics, immigration, language
battles, cultural resistance, the quasi-military Production and
Construction Corps, political economy, and the importance of oil
exploitation.  We will consider the impact of international factors
and historical events such as the Soviet Union's disintegration, Deng
Xiaoping's reforms, the NATO intervention in Kosovo, and September 11.