Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? by John F CopperTaiwan: Nation-State or Province? by John F Copper

Taiwan: Nation-State or Province?

byJohn F Copper

Paperback | April 12, 2012

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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 decline; 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. Copperis the Stanley J. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. He is the author of more than twenty-five books on Taiwan, China, and Asian affairs. His bookChina's Global Rolewon the Clarence Day Foundation Award for outstanding research and creativity.
Title:Taiwan: Nation-State or Province?Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 12, 2012Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. The Land and the People
Physical Setting
Climate, Soil, and Natural Resources
Ethnic Groups
Transportation and Communications
The Media

CHAPTER 2. History
Prehistory and Early History
Western and Chinese Rule
Part of the Japanese Empire
World War II
Part of China Again
Taiwan as the Republic of China
Taiwan Ruled by Chiang Ching-kuo
Taiwan under Lee Teng-hui
Chen Shui-bian’s Taiwan

CHAPTER 3. Society
Social Structure and Order
Ethnic Issues
Languages and Religions
Early Forces of Social Change
Economic Development and Social Change
Social Welfare
Other Social Problems

CHAPTER 4. Political System
Political Culture and Tradition
The Constitution
The National Assembly and the Presidency
The Five-Branch Government
Local Government
Political Parties
Ideology, Modernization, and the Future

CHAPTER 5. The Economy
The Economy to 1950
The Economy: 1950–2000
Economic Growth Strategies
Key Industries and the Taiwan “Economic Miracle”
The Labor Force
Trade, Investment, and Energy
A Model of Economic Development
The economy under Chen Shui-bian

CHAPTER 6. Foreign and Military Policies
Diplomatic Decline and Partial Recovery
Domestic Affairs and Foreign Policy
Taiwan’s National Security Policy
Taiwan and the United States
Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China
Taiwan and the Rest of the World
Ties with International Organizations

CHAPTER 7. The Future
Beginning Assumptions
External or Global Variables
Internal or Domestic Variables
Alternative Futures
Summing Up

Editorial Reviews

"John F. Copper provides a comprehensive, yet succinct, analysis of Taiwan's history, politics, economics, society, and international position that is informative, interesting, and highly readable. A major contribution of the text is the way that he discusses what each facet of Taiwan's experience implies for the central question of whether it is an independent nation-state or a province of China."—Cal Clark, Auburn University"In this fully revised and updated volume, Copper provides a well-written, well-structured overview of Taiwan. . . . As a comprehensive yet concise introduction to Taiwan, this book is not only an ideal stating place for undergraduates but also a valuable reference for scholars. Students and general readers alike will benefit from reading Copper's fantastic and extensive research."—Choice"One virtue of this book is that the author has spent several decades studying and writing on Taiwan. This focus has allowed his analysis to have breadth, as well as a deep understanding of change and continuity in Taiwan and the Republic of China. The book avoids impressionable interpretations and is based on careful, longitudinal analysis. . . . [It] is a pleasure to use in the classroom."—Education About AsiaPraise for the Fifth Edition: