This very brief piece came out of the annual conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) in Fall of 2005; it was one of several conference papers presented there that were chosen to be published in CESS’s bulletin, the Central Eurasian Studies Review.   Noda J., a talented PhD candidate in history at the University of Tokyo, argues that in reconstructing the history of the Ili region and Russo-Chinese relations in the mid-nineteenth century, “we cannot ignore the activities of such nomads as Kazakhs and the role of the Russian Empire behind them” (p. 31).  Here, he has uncovered the ways in which the movement between the two empires of Kazakh nomads in search of security and political affiliation complicated border negotiations between the Russian and Chinese sides in a key period of state-power consolidation.  Noda Jin’s empirical research from archival sources and document collections in multiple languages is rigorous, and we await further work from him on Kazakh history in the Russo-Chinese border region.

Virginia Martin, University of Wisconsin, Madison
CER: I-3.4.C-306