Taiwan: A Political History

Taiwan A Political History For centuries various great powers have both exploited and benefited Taiwan their designs for this island frequently clashing with the desire of local inhabitants to control their own destiny Such c

  • Title: Taiwan: A Political History
  • Author: Denny Roy
  • ISBN: 9780801488054
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
  • For centuries, various great powers have both exploited and benefited Taiwan, their designs for this island frequently clashing with the desire of local inhabitants to control their own destiny Such conflicts have shaped Taiwan s multiple, and frequently contradictory, identities Denny Roy contends that Taiwan s political history is best understood as a continuous struggFor centuries, various great powers have both exploited and benefited Taiwan, their designs for this island frequently clashing with the desire of local inhabitants to control their own destiny Such conflicts have shaped Taiwan s multiple, and frequently contradictory, identities Denny Roy contends that Taiwan s political history is best understood as a continuous struggle for security Eschewing the usual emphasis on the high politics of the recent era, he offers a comprehensive narrative of the island s political history from the first Chinese settlements to the Chen Shui bian presidency Roy covers the political system constructed by the KMT during the Cold War, the opposition breakthrough, the presidency of Lee Teng hui, and the DPP presidential victory in March 2000 Roy s approach allows him to integrate his understanding of Taiwan s domestic politics with its foreign affairs particularly the relations with mainland China He reveals how the interplay between political forces within and the influence of foreign countries from without has shaped Taiwan His is a balanced account, incorporating up to date coverage and presenting many indigenous voices Taiwan A Political History illuminates the origins of the island s often troubled domestic and international political situation.

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    1. VERY good. I was surprised how many times arrogance was a factor in messing up running Taiwan. Most notably the ROC. If they hadn't been so arrogant about thinking they could successfully take over China again, they might have been able to successfully push for a permanently independent country, which most Taiwanese seem to want.

    2. Taiwan is a singularly interesting country, at once a de-facto state and a de-jure part of China. Denny Roy's political history focuses primarily on the 20th century, but starts with the stories of aboriginal Taiwanese, migration of Fujianese and Hakka mainlanders to Taiwan, initial indifference of and later incorporation of Taiwan into the Qing empire during the period of European colonization, and how China ceded Taiwan after defeat to the Japanese empire in late 19th century. During Japanese [...]

    3. Good general history of Taiwan. The information before the 20th century isn't very detailed. The book is quite kind in describing the legacy of the KMT. Another book that many say is better than this book is "Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan" by Jonathan Manthorpe (link: /book/show/8). I will have to go back and re-read it as I read it 5 years ago prior to moving to Taiwan.

    4. Very thorough and easy to read history of Taiwan. A good starting point for those that may not know anything to Taiwan to those that want to learn more about Taiwan's history.

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