A Lonely Fig­ure on a West­ward Jour­ney

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Zuo Zong­tang (1812–1885), an ad­vo­cate of the SelfStrength­en­ing Move­ment (1861–1895), won the war in safe­guard­ing na­tional uni­fi­ca­tion in Xin­jiang in the 1880s.

In Septem­ber 1842, a high-rank­ing Qing Dy­nasty (1644–1911) of­fi­cial who ar­rived at the Ji­ayu Pass, an im­por­tant junc­tion along the an­cient Silk Road, ex­am­ined the area and felt em­pa­thetic for the old, time-tested struc­ture. He sud­denly shook his head, at­tempt­ing to wake himself, and said, “It might be my delu­sion, but I only need to whole­heart­edly ded­i­cate my­self to my coun­try.” Once he fin­ished speak­ing, he

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