The best books on the Uyghur Genocide

Grayson Slover Author Of Middle Country: An American Student Visits China's Uyghur Prison-State
By Grayson Slover

The Books I Picked & Why

Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang

By James Millward

Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang

Why this book?

Eurasian Crossroads is an essential resource for anyone seeking to learn about the complex historical context of the genocide taking place in Xinjiang today. James Millward, who is widely regarded as the leading historian of Chinese Central Asia, provides an accessible-yet-thorough examination of the various peoples and empires that have called the region home. 


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How China Sees the World: Han-Centrism and the Balance of Power in International Politics

By John M. Friend, Bradley A. Thayer

How China Sees the World: Han-Centrism and the Balance of Power in International Politics

Why this book?

This book is a concise examination of the pervasive ethnocentrism in contemporary Chinese society - which the authors refer to as “Han-Centrism.” Although it mentions Xinjiang and the Uyghurs specifically only a handful of times, one cannot hope to understand what is happening there today without also understanding the influence of Han-Centrism.


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Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods

By Amelia Pang

Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods

Why this book?

In this book, Amelia Pang examines all aspects of China’s system of forced labor, which she explains has recently been deployed as a tool in the Uyghur genocide but has existed long before the genocide began. Importantly, she explains how Western consumers are complicit in Chinese forced labor through their choices to purchase the cheap goods that this system produces.


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China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia

By Peter C. Perdue

China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia

Why this book?

Peter C. Perdue gives an exhaustive account of the Qing Dynasty’s conquest of Xinjiang - which, according to many historians, was the first time a Chinese Dynasty consolidated its rule over the whole of the region. This history has important implications for claims regarding the legitimacy of Chinese rule over Xinjiang.


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China's Forgotten People: Xinjiang, Terror and the Chinese State

By Nick Holdstock

China's Forgotten People: Xinjiang, Terror and the Chinese State

Why this book?

This book provides the most accessible account of the relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and the native peoples of Xinjiang. Holdstock draws on his own experience living in Xinjiang to show how the CCP’s failure to recognize the genuine grievances of the native peoples of the region helped to drive the terrorism problem that the CCP claims to be addressing today through its genocidal policies.


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