1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan

Edited By Gunter Schubert Copyright 2016
    588 Pages
    by Routledge

    588 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

    "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