Taiwan: Nation-State or Province?

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2012-12-04
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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‚Ȇ 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.

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. xi
Acronymsp. xiii
Map of Taiwanp. xiv
The Land and the Peoplep. 1
Physical Settingp. 2
Climate, Soil, and Natural Resourcesp. 6
Populationp. 8
Ethnic Groupsp. 12
Culturep. 15
Transportation and Communicationsp. 18
The Mediap. 21
Tourismp. 24
Notesp. 26
Historyp. 30
Prehistory and Early Historyp. 31
Western and Chinese Rulep. 34
Part of the Japanese Empirep. 38
World War IIp. 41
Part of China Againp. 44
Taiwan as the Republic of Chinap. 46
Taiwan Ruled by Chiang Ching-kuop. 51
Taiwan Under Lee Teng-huip. 54
Chen Shui-bian's Taiwanp. 57
The KMT Returns to Power Under Ma Ying-jeoup. 61
Notesp. 63
Societyp. 69
Social Structure and Orderp. 70
Ethnic Issuesp. 72
Languages and Religionsp. 78
Early Forces of Social Changep. 84
Economic Development and Social Changep. 87
Educationp. 92
Social Welfarep. 96
Other Social Problemsp. 100
Notesp. 103
Political Systemp. 108
Political Culture and Traditionp. 109
The Constitutionp. 112
The National Assembly and the Presidencyp. 116
The Five-Branch Governmentp. 120
Local Governmentp. 126
Political Partiesp. 130
Electionsp. 137
Ideology, Modernization, and the Futurep. 142
Notesp. 145
The Economyp. 150
The Economy to 1950p. 151
Economic Recovery and Boom: 1950-2000p. 154
Economic Growth Strategiesp. 159
Key Industries and the Taiwan "Economic Miracle"p. 163
The Labor Forcep. 166
Trade, Investment, and Energyp. 170
A Model of Economic Developmentp. 176
The Economy Under Chen Shui-bian and Ma Ying-jeoup. 178
Notesp. 181
Foreign and Military Policiesp. 185
Backgroundp. 186
Diplomatic Decline and Partial Recoveryp. 188
Domestic Affairs and Foreign Policyp. 191
Taiwan's National Security Policyp. 195
Taiwan and the United Statesp. 199
Taiwan and the People's Republic of Chinap. 204
Taiwan and the Rest of the Worldp. 209
Ties with International Organizationsp. 214
Notesp. 218
The Futurep. 222
Beginning Assumptionsp. 223
The China Factorp. 227
The US Factorp. 232
Summing Upp. 235
Selected Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 247
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