Confrontation over Taiwan

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-17
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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Confrontation Over Taiwan: Nineteenth Century China and the Powers is a full and detailed account of Taiwan's international relations during the nineteenth century and specifically, the period between 1840 and 1895. During this time, Western powers and Japan were seeking commercial and strategic gains in the South China Sea, which ultimately led to the Japanese colonization of Taiwan. Leonard H. D. Gordon, a diplomatic historian of East Asia, closely examines the foreign policies of China, Great Britain, the United States, France, and Japan during this time. Gordon has researched not only extensive published national records, but also unpublished archival materials in Taiwan, Japan, the United States, and Great Britain. Providing a context for understanding the current situation in Taiwan the thorough research and historical analysis of Confrontation Over Taiwan make this an essential book for students of East Asian History and International Affairs. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Leonard H. D. Gordon is professor emeritus of Chinese history at Purdue University. He was diplomatic historian for the Department of State between 1961 and 1963.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: International Dispute over Taiwanp. xvii
Taiwan and the Early Western Arrivalsp. 1
Americans and Britons in Taiwan at Mid-Centuryp. 19
British-American Alignment in "Open" Taiwanp. 39
Japan's Odyssey in Taiwanp. 77
Japan's Retreat from Colonialism in Taiwanp. 103
France Blockades Taiwanp. 133
China Cedes Taiwan to a Powerful Japanp. 171
Japan's Final Confrontation over Taiwanp. 189
Notesp. 209
Abbreviationsp. 267
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 293
About the Authorp. 305
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