Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan

Paperback | December 15, 2008

byJonathan Manthorpe

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For over 400 years, Taiwan has suffered at the hands of multiple colonial powers, but it has now entered the decade when its independence will be won or lost. At the heart of Taiwan's story is the curse of geography that placed the island on the strategic cusp between the Far East and Southeast Asia and made it the guardian of some of the world's most lucrative trade routes. It is the story of the dogged determination of a courageous people to overcome every obstacle thrown in their path. Forbidden Nation tells the dramatic story of the island, its people, and what brought them to this moment when their future will be decided.

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For over 400 years, Taiwan has suffered at the hands of multiple colonial powers, but it has now entered the decade when its independence will be won or lost. At the heart of Taiwan's story is the curse of geography that placed the island on the strategic cusp between the Far East and Southeast Asia and made it the guardian of some of ...

Jonathan Manthorpe is a foreign news correspondent and international affairs columnist for the Vancouver Sun.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.36 × 5.96 × 0.78 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230614248

ISBN - 13:9780230614246

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Table of Contents

Preface * Two Shots on Chinhua Road * A Leaf on the Waves * Barbarian Territory * Pirate Haven * The House of Cheng * The Siege of Fort Zeelandia * The Prince who Became a God * Deliverance and Defeat * A State of Constant Rebellion * The Wolves Circle * A Modern Province * The Taiwan Republic * Becoming Japanese * Missionaries and Filibusters * New Beginning, New Betrayal * The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier * Reform and Terror * Strategic Ambiguity * The Perils of Democracy * 29,518 Votes

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"If one wants to understand why Taiwan is in Beijing's crosshairs, Forbidden Nation is a good place to start." -The Washington Times