Why everything written down and filed away in an archive is not necessarily true. Continue reading Was My Research Subject a Cannibal?
A round-up of my recent blogging on Sources and Methods. Continue reading Uyghurs, Khrushchevs, and More
The spring of 1966 was, in Zhang Zhonghan’s mind, just the beginning of a grand project to color in a blank piece of paper, Xinjiang, with the youth of the nation. Continue reading The Blank Piece of Paper
A set of letters sent to and from Owen Lattimore depict a failed effort to jump start Xinjiang studies in the United States after the Chinese revolution. Continue reading Preparing for After the Revolution: Owen Lattimore and Xinjiang Studies in the United States, 1950-1951
A new collection of Soviet documents now available on the Wilson Center Digital Archive promises to invigorate the study of Xinjiang in the 1930s and 1940s. Continue reading China and the Soviet Union in Xinjiang, 1934-1949
I am sharing around 170 documents on Xinjiang from the CIA Records Search Tool (CREST), at the National Archives in College Park, MD. The collection covers a wide period of time, 1946-1982, and includes all sorts of records (particularly field intelligence and long-form analysis) Continue reading CIA Records Search Tool (CREST) Documents on Xinjiang
My article for Cold War History, “To Die on the Steppe: Sino-Soviet-American Relations and the Cold War in Chinese Central Asia, 1944–1952,” received a nice and unexpected write up from the blog of Taylor & Francis. Continue reading Xinjiang and the Cold War