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In this newly revised and updated edition of Taiwan : Nation-State or Province?John F. Copper examines Taiwan's geography and history, society and culture, economy, political system, and foreign and security policies in the context of Taiwan's uncertain political status as either a sovereign nation or a province of the People's Republic of China. Copper argues that Taiwan's very rapid and successful democratization suggests Taiwan should be independent and separate from China, while economic links between Taiwan and China indicate the opposite. New to the sixth edition is enhanced coverage of the issues of immigration; the impact of having the world's lowest birthrate; China's economic and military rise and America's decli≠ Taiwan's relations with China, the United States, and Japan; and the KMT's (Nationalist Party) return to power. The new edition will also examine the implications of the 2012 presidential election. A selected bibliography guides students in further research.
John F. Copper is the Stanley J. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of more than twenty-five books on Taiwan, China, and Asian affairs.
Table of Contents
|Map of Taiwan||p. xiv|
|The Land and the People||p. 1|
|Physical Setting||p. 2|
|Climate, Soil, and Natural Resources||p. 6|
|Ethnic Groups||p. 12|
|Transportation and Communications||p. 18|
|The Media||p. 21|
|Prehistory and Early History||p. 31|
|Western and Chinese Rule||p. 34|
|Part of the Japanese Empire||p. 38|
|World War II||p. 41|
|Part of China Again||p. 44|
|Taiwan as the Republic of China||p. 46|
|Taiwan Ruled by Chiang Ching-kuo||p. 51|
|Taiwan Under Lee Teng-hui||p. 54|
|Chen Shui-bian's Taiwan||p. 57|
|The KMT Returns to Power Under Ma Ying-jeou||p. 61|
|Social Structure and Order||p. 70|
|Ethnic Issues||p. 72|
|Languages and Religions||p. 78|
|Early Forces of Social Change||p. 84|
|Economic Development and Social Change||p. 87|
|Social Welfare||p. 96|
|Other Social Problems||p. 100|
|Political System||p. 108|
|Political Culture and Tradition||p. 109|
|The Constitution||p. 112|
|The National Assembly and the Presidency||p. 116|
|The Five-Branch Government||p. 120|
|Local Government||p. 126|
|Political Parties||p. 130|
|Ideology, Modernization, and the Future||p. 142|
|The Economy||p. 150|
|The Economy to 1950||p. 151|
|Economic Recovery and Boom: 1950-2000||p. 154|
|Economic Growth Strategies||p. 159|
|Key Industries and the Taiwan "Economic Miracle"||p. 163|
|The Labor Force||p. 166|
|Trade, Investment, and Energy||p. 170|
|A Model of Economic Development||p. 176|
|The Economy Under Chen Shui-bian and Ma Ying-jeou||p. 178|
|Foreign and Military Policies||p. 185|
|Diplomatic Decline and Partial Recovery||p. 188|
|Domestic Affairs and Foreign Policy||p. 191|
|Taiwan's National Security Policy||p. 195|
|Taiwan and the United States||p. 199|
|Taiwan and the People's Republic of China||p. 204|
|Taiwan and the Rest of the World||p. 209|
|Ties with International Organizations||p. 214|
|The Future||p. 222|
|Beginning Assumptions||p. 223|
|The China Factor||p. 227|
|The US Factor||p. 232|
|Summing Up||p. 235|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 237|
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