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FORBES, A.D.W., Warlords and Muslims in Chinese Central Asia: A Political History of Republican Sinkiang 1911-1949, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986, 376p.
This study is critical to the former studies' tendency to explain the political history of Republican Sinkiang (Xinjiang) in terms of power politics that is represented by Rudyard Kipling's famous words "Great Game", and instead suggests to examine those chaotic years from the "indigenous" point of view. The author, by using primary sources mostly preserved in the UK , succeeds in revealing the details of political history; chronological process of power-transition from Yan Tseng-hsin(杨增新 1911-28) to Chin Shu-jen(金树仁 1928-34), Sheng Shih-ts’ai(盛世才 1934-44) through Kuomintang authority (1944-9); and several political factors of this region, such as policies of Britain and Soviet Union, the Kumul rebellion, Tungan invasions, and two Republics established by local Turkic speaking peoples. His solid description is definitely helpful to learn about this complicated and brutal political fluctuations. For the next step of survey, first of all, it is required to utilize several "indigenous" historical sources written in Chinese, and Eastern Turki (or Modern Uyghur) which have newly discovered or published in recent years, and to reconsider the validity of Chinese periodization in the context of Sinkiang regional history.