Jonathan Steele: China in the Stans, 24 October 2013
Show More Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia by Philip Shishkin.
Yale, 316 pp., £20, June 2013, 978 0 300 18436 5Show More
The Chinese Question in Central Asia: Domestic Order, Social Change and the Chinese Factor by Marlène Laruelle and Sébastien Peyrouse.
Hurst, 271 pp., £40, October 2012, 978 1 84904 179 9Show More
“... pool of local sympathisers for it to draw on as there is in Afghanistan. The restless valley of Philip Shishkin’s title is the Ferghana Valley, which connects eastern Uzbekistan and south-western Kyrgyzstan. There have been several episodes of public unrest in the valley, all brutally repressed, but they have had more to do with ethnic tensions and ...”