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This the introductory chapter of the book, which reflects the historical trajectory of the self-conscious drive for modernity undertaken in both the Soviet region and the People?s Republic of China (PRC), and the ongoing moves to secure the social integration of minority groups. This chapter outlines the historic processes that have affected the different parts of the Tibet, Mongolia and Siberia regions of the PRC and the Soviet Union, and goes on to discuss the more theoretical issues that arise from the contrasting analyses of conflict and social order contained in the book. Disruption to the social order, whether deliberate or not, can result in new forms of order, as much as in conflict or disorder. The book highlights the agency of local actors and the extent to which they can and do shape local forms of order, even within and after the most dramatic types of social upheaval.

Keywords: conflict; minority groups; Mongolia; People?s Republic of China (PRC); Siberia; social order; Soviet Union; Tibet



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