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Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan

1st Edition

Edited by Gunter Schubert


570 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan offers a comprehensive overview of both contemporary Taiwan and the Taiwan studies field. Each contribution summarises the major findings in the field and highlights long-term trends, recent observations and possible future developments in Taiwan.

Written by an international team of experts, the chapters included in the volume form an accessible and fascinating insight into contemporary Taiwan. Up-to-date, interdisciplinary, and academically rigorous, the Handbook will be of interest to students, academics, policymakers and others in search of reliable information on Taiwanese politics, economics, culture and society.


"Written by well-recognised experts and long-time Taiwan watchers, the volume is a real treasure trove as it provides a highly reliable source of Taiwan-focused topics and raises a number of important issues that are at the forefront of contemporary Taiwan. Furthermore, it renders a comprehensive, systematic, and well-documented review of literature on Taiwan's most important historical, political, economic, social, and cultural developments. It is undoubtedly a publication that has been long awaited and deserves an immediate place on the shelves of academic libraries and of all those interested in the field of Taiwan studies. In short, anyone seeking insights into contemporary Taiwan should make sure to read it."

Dr. Sasa Istenic�, Assistant Professor of Sinology at the Department of Asian Studies of the University of Ljubljana and Director of the Taiwan Study Center in Slovenia

Table of Contents

Part 1: Political History

1. Taiwan in Late Ming and Qing China

2. Taiwan under Japanese Rule (1895-1945)

3. Retrocession and Authoritarian KMT Rule (1945-1986)

4. Taiwan after the Democratic Transition (1987-2014)

5. Taiwan’s Independence Movement

Part 2: Government and Politics

6. Political Parties and the Evolution of Taiwan’s Party System

7. Party Ideology in Democratic Taiwan

8. Elections

9. Local Factions

10. National Identity and "Ethnicity"

11. Transitional Justice and the Legal System

12. Politics and the Media

Part 3: Political Economy

13. The Developmental State and Taiwan: Origins and Adaptation

14. Mainland Investment and Taiwanese Entrepreneurs

15. Taiwan and Economic Globalization

Part 4: Society and Culture

16. The Development of Civil Society in Post-authoritarian Taiwan

17. Aborigines Movement

18. Labour Movement

19. Anti-Nuclear Power Movement

20. Gender and the Feminist Movement

21. Religion and Politics

22. Social Welfare

23. Trends in Modern Literature

24. Cultural Democratisation and Taiwan Cinema

Part 5: Cross-Strait Relations

25. Cross-Strait Dialogue and Policies

26. Cross-Strait Economic Integration

27. The China Factor in Taiwan: Impact and Response

28. Cross-strait Marriages and Immigration Policies

Part 6: International Relations and Security

29. Taiwan’s Foreign Policy and International Space

30. U.S.-Taiwan Relations

31. Taiwan and the South China See

32. European-Taiwan Relations

33. Security Policy

34. Taiwan’s Public Diplomacy

About the Editor

Gunter Schubert is the founder and director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at the University of Tübingen in Germany, and holds the Chair of Greater China Studies at the University of Tübingen’s Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Germany.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General