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.
CHAPTER 1. The Land and the People Physical Setting Climate, Soil, and Natural Resources Population Ethnic Groups Culture Transportation and Communications The Media Tourism Notes 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 Notes CHAPTER 3. Society Social Structure and Order Ethnic Issues Languages and Religions Early Forces of Social Change Economic Development and Social Change Education Social Welfare Other Social Problems Notes CHAPTER 4. Political System Political Culture and Tradition The Constitution The National Assembly and the Presidency The Five-Branch Government Local Government Political Parties Elections Ideology, Modernization, and the Future Notes 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 Notes CHAPTER 6. Foreign and Military Policies Background 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 Notes CHAPTER 7. The Future Beginning Assumptions External or Global Variables Internal or Domestic Variables Alternative Futures Summing Up