Political Science | Comparative Politics: Politics in Modern Xinjiang
Y657 | 28155 | Bovingdon


Class meets with CEUS: R532, R330 and POLS: Y401

In a scant one hundred twenty years, part or 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.