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Linda Benson

Professor Emerita

Ph.D., University of Leeds (UK)

Major Fields:
Modern China, Inner Asia



Across China's Gobi: The Lives of Evangeline French, Mildred Cable, and Francesca French (Norwalk, Connecticut: EastBridge, 2008).

China Since 1949 (London: Longman/Pearson, 2002; new and expanded edition 2011).

China's Last Nomads: The History and Culture of China's Kazaks, co-authored with Ingvar Svanberg (Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 1998).

The Ili Rebellion: Moslem Challenge to Chinese Authority in Xinjiang 1944-49 (Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 1990).

The Kazaks of China: Essays on an Ethnic Minority, co-editor with Ingvar Svanberg (Uppsala, Sweden: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 1998).

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

"Alice Mildred Cable of the China Inland Mission" in  A Missionary Kaleidoscope, ed. Kathleen Lodwick (Norwalk, Connecticut: EastBridge Press, 2006), 126-152.

"Missionaries with Attitude: A Woman's Mission in Northwestern China,"  International Bulletin of Missionary Research 29, no. 4 (October 2005): 188-193.

"Education and Social Mobility Among Minority Populations in Xinjiang" in  Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland, ed. S. Frederick Starr (Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc. 2004), 190-215.

"Sources and Methods for Studying Women and Islamic Cultures in Eastern Turkestan, 1758-the Present" in Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, ed. Saud Joseph (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2003).

"China's Muslim Challenge: Conflict in Xinjiang" in  History Behind the Headlines, ed. Nancy Matuszak (Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale Publishing Group, 2002), 37-52.

"Trade, Transport and Nationalism in Republican Era Hami, Xinjiang,"  Journal of Central Asian Studies Fall/Winter 1998 (appeared 2001): 2-18.

"Contested History: Issues in the Historiography of Inner Asia's Uighurs" in  Toronto Studies in Central and Inner Asia, No. 2, ed. Michael Gervers and Wayne Schlepp (Toronto: University of Toronto, 1996), 115-131.

"Crosscurrents: Pan-Turkism, Nationalism and Communism in 20th Century Xinjiang,"  Occasional Paper No. 65, The Woodrow Wilson Center (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, September 1994).

"The Life of Yolbars Khan: Pauper, Prince, and Politician in Republic China" in  Festschrift Fer Professor Henry Schwarz, ed. Edward H. Kaplan and Donald W. Whisenhunt (Bellingham, Washington: Western Washington University, 1994), 126-147.

"A Much-Married Woman: Marriage and Divorce in Xinjiang, 1850-1950,"  The Muslim World, 83, no. 3-4 (July-October 1993): 227-248.

"Ahmetjan Kasimi: A Chinese Paradigm for a Uygur Cultural Hero,"  Central Asian Survey 2, no. 3 (1992): 23-29.

"Chinese Communist Party Contacts with the East Turkestan Movement in Xinjiang 1944-1950,"  Central and Inner Asian Studies 6 (1992): 1-15.

"Uighur Politicians of the 1940s: Mehmet Emin Bugra, Isa Yusuf Alptekin and Mesut Sabri,"  Central Asian Survey10, no. 4 (1991): 87-113.

"Russians in Xinjiang: From Immigrants to National Minority," co-author with Ingvar Svanberg,  Central Asian Survey 8, no. 2 (1989): 97-129.

"Osman Batur: The Kazaks' Golden Legend" in  The Kazaks of China: Essays on an Ethnic Minority, ed. L. Benson and I. Svanberg (Uppsala, Sweden: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 1988), 141-188.

Department of History

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