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Natural Resources and the New Frontier: Constructing Modern China's Borderlands

Judd C. Kinzley


This work offers a new resource-centered history of modern Xinjiang. The region, located on China's farthest western border, was shaped in the 20th century by not only Chinese officials, but also foreign powers, international markets, and autonomous local officials, each of whom were eager to stake their own claim to Xinjiang's rich resource wealth. Hoping to quickly and inexpensively exploit these resources, these various actors frequently built atop the efforts of their predecessors. This work reveals a new, transnational "layered" model of state formation that can be applied beyond Xinjiang ... More

Keywords: Xinjiang, natural resources, modern China, materiality, borders, state building, infrastructure, oil, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226492155
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226492322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judd C. Kinzley, author
University of Wisconsin at Madison