Statecraft and Spectacle in East Asia is a multidisciplinary collection of essays that explores the intertwined histories of Taiwan and Japan across the long sweep of the early modern and modern periods. Drawing on new research by scholars from Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, it moves beyond the conventional focus on the mechanics of the Japanese colonial state to provide new perspectives on a highly significant relationship that shaped the nature of the modern East Asian political landscape. Ranging from the seventeenth century to the chaotic aftermath of empire, the papers collected here consider Tokugawa Japan’s halting engagement with Taiwan as a key world historical moment that illuminates changing attitudes towards maritime expansion; the ways in which the colonial project was packaged and sold in print as well as image; and the complex legal discourses surrounding the making and unmaking of empire. Together they show how influence flowed both ways between Taiwan and Japan and the importance of inter-Asian interactions.
This book was published as a special issue of Japanese Studies.
1. Onward, Christian Samurai! The Japanese Expeditions to Taiwan in 1609 and 1616 Stephen Turnbull, University of Leeds
2. A Fake Embassy, the Lord of Taiwan and Tokugawa Japan Adam Clulow, Monash University
3. Japan’s First War Reporter: Kishida Ginkō and the Taiwan Expedition Matthew Fraleigh, Brandeis University
4. Peddling Postcards and Selling Empire: Image-Making in Taiwan under Japanese Colonial Rule Paul Barclay, Lafayette College
5. Making the Japanese Empire: Nationality and Family Register in Taiwan, 1871-1899 Haruka Nomura, Australian National University, Australia
6. Pawns of Empire: Postwar Taiwan, Japan and the Dilemma of War Crimes Barak Kushner, University of Cambridge, UK