Dreams of Oil and Fertile Fields

@article{Rohlf2003DreamsOO,
  title={Dreams of Oil and Fertile Fields},
  author={Gregory Rohlf},
  journal={Modern China},
  year={2003},
  volume={29},
  pages={455 - 489}
}
The author considers rural resettlement to Qinghai province during the 1950s as part of the broader state-building effort to support frontier construction, which in turn was part of China's geopolitical reengineering pursued by several generations of Party leaders. The Chaidam basin's oil and the vast pastures of highland areas both appeared to be ready for quick harvest. These natural resources caused the state to seek a gold rush-style migration, setting up many counties and towns in the… 

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