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China's far West : four decades of change

Author: A Doak Barnett
Publisher: Boulder : Westview Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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China's Far West is a rich portrait of China's least-known provinces by one of America's leading China scholars. Based on A. Doak Barnett's unrivaled travels in and study of some of the most remote areas of the country in both the late 1940s and the late 1980s, this sweeping work vividly portrays a China few outsiders have seen. Barnett's work builds on decades of experiences in China. He began writing about the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: A Doak Barnett
ISBN: 0813317738 9780813317731 0813317746 9780813317748
OCLC Number: 28111813
Description: xiii, 688 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Steel city in Inner Mongolia: Baotou --
Han and Hui: Ningxia --
Alashan Mongols: Bayanhaote --
Corridor to the West: Gansu --
Blue Lake --
Qinghai --
Chinese Turkestan: Xinjiang --
Inner Tibet: Ganzi (Sichaun) --
South of the Clouds: Yunnan --
Reflections.
Responsibility: A. Doak Barnett.

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Based on decades of experience of travelling and working in China, this successor to Barnett's "China on the Eve of Communist Takeover" paints a portrait of that country's least-known provinces, and  Read more...

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