7th Edition

Taiwan Nation-State or Province?

By John Franklin Copper Copyright 2020
    366 Pages
    by Routledge

    366 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this newly revised and updated seventh edition of Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? Copper examines Taiwan's geography and history, society and culture, economy, political system and foreign and security politics in the context of Taiwan's uncertain status, as either a sovereign nation or a province of the People's Republic of China.

    Analyzing possible future scenarios and trends that could affect Taiwan’s status, the author 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 features to this brand-new edition include:

    • The triumph of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the 2016 elections.
    • The impact of the Trump administration on US–Taiwan relations.
    • The rise of popularism.
    • The shift in cross-Strait relations with China given their increased power on the world stage.

    This revised and fully up-to-date textbook will be essential reading for students of Taiwan, China, US–China relations and democracy.

    1. The Land and the People 

    2. History 

    3. Society 

    4. Political System 

    5. The Economy 

    6. Foreign and Military Policies 

    7.Summary, Conclusions, the Future


    John Franklin Copper is the Stanley J. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies (emeritus) at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    "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 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 M. Clark, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Auburn University

    "Copper, a world renowned expert on Taiwan having written a multitude of books on the subject, in Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? he looks at a host of factors to answer the question whether Taiwan is or should be a nation or a province of China. This is a critical issue not only for Taiwan and China but also the United States and the world. The dispute threatens to be the trigger for a war between the U.S. and China that will have global impact. That is why a better understanding of this issue is essential."

    Thomas J. Bellows, Professor, Department of Political Science and Geography, University of Texas at San Antonio

    "John Copper provides readers with the field’s best-written and best-organized study of Taiwan."

    Dennis V. Hickey, Distinguished Professor and The James Morris Endowed Professor of Political Science, Missouri State University

    "As before, Copper provides a comprehensive, in-depth examination of Taiwan’s developments with fresh insights and new perspectives. A must-have for readers who are interested in Taiwan’s recent political change."

    Wei-chin Lee, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University