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Taiwan: Nation-State or Province?

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In this newly revised and updated edition of Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? Professor John 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: whether a sovereign nation or a province of the People’s Republic of China. Copper argues that T ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Westview Press (first published January 1st 1990)
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cole
May 14, 2009 cole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copper presents a solid overview of Taiwan, its history, culture, politics and trajectory. If you are looking for a substantial and factual look at the island, this is a good place to start. The writing has an unfortunate tendency to plod, as Copper seems to often be merely relating facts and not necessarily telling a story. That makes the sections on economics and geography particularly excrutiating. There is also the problem of bias, as Copper seems to nearly be a Kuomintang appologist. Democr ...more
Ashley
Jul 16, 2010 Ashley rated it liked it
An informative historical overview which poses possible scenarios for the future of the island. Ie; will they declare independence, or officially join with China? Copper makes the latter seem like a bad idea, as the territorial gain will not strengthen China's status internationally, and it will almost assuredly result in a drastic downturn economically and otherwise for Taiwan. The past few decades have seen Taiwan evolve into a cosmopolitan and "western influenced" globalized place, whereas Ch ...more
Rooop Rao
Jan 27, 2015 Rooop Rao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are many interesting facts about Taiwan in it, The author is not purely neutral, but good enough to allow him to write a decent good book that are fact-based. If you are looking for facts about Taiwan, this is a good book to go to.
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