A Short History of Taiwan: The Case for Independence by Gary M. Davison

By Gary M. Davison

This concise account of Taiwan's heritage makes a cogent, compelling argument for the correct of the Taiwanese humans to claim their country autonomous, in the event that they so pick out. Davison's daring stand—unprecedented from a Western author—challenges the single China inspiration complex within the Shanghai conversation of 1972 and states unequivocally that, may still independence be proclaimed, it could possibly in simple terms be taken away by means of strength if the foreign group facets with modern may well over ancient correct. He argues that the potential clash may be sufficiently incendiary to urge an immense army conflict among the USA, the People's Republic of China, and different significant powers.Davison we could the evidence of Taiwanese background make the case for Taiwan's life as a distinct nationwide entity. A ancient review information the situations less than which the Qing dynasty made its seventeenth century declare at the island, the occasions that resulted in cession to Japan in 1895, the origins of the Guomindang career in the course of the chinese language Civil warfare, and the dramatic election of March 2000 that introduced the Democratic innovative Party's Chen Shuibian to workplace, finishing Guomindang domination. After centuries of outsider domination, and over 100 years of disconnection from any executive workout energy over all of mainland China, the Taiwanese individuals are able to decide for nationwide independence according to stable old facts.

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DUTCH COLONIAL RULE, 1624–61 13 Zheng Zhilong to turn back the Manchu tide in southern China would eventually send him scrambling for a safe haven. He chose Taiwan, thus opening another chapter in the history of the island’s fascinating and unique people. NOTES 1. Zhou Mingfeng, Taiwan jian shi [A concise history of Taiwan] (Taibei: Qian Wei Press, 1994), pp. 23–24; Huang Dashou, Taiwan shi gang [An outline history of Taiwan] (Taibei: Sanmin Book Company, 1982), pp. 43–46; Qi Jialin, Taiwan shi [The history of Taiwan], vol.

Zheng Chenggong sent representatives to areas along the Fujian and Guangdong coasts to aid the refugees and transport those who wanted to come to Taiwan. 10 Some of these settlers came to Taiwan with the intent to stay temporarily; they hoped to return to the mainland when life in China stabilized after the dislocations of the Ming-Qing transition. This sense of Taiwan as a temporary location was even greater among Zheng Chenggong and his supporters. The Zheng family dispelled the Dutch and occupied Taiwan so as to establish a base for overthrowing the Qing and restoring the Ming.

The Zheng rulers called for a great deal of physical sacrifice from the people they ruled, engendering significant loss of life in the illconsidered attempt to aid anti-Qing forces in Fujian. Ironically, Zheng Jing built his army operating in South China in such manner that, although 20 A SHORT HISTORY OF TAIWAN many conscripts from Taiwan died, recruits who returned with him from the mainland exceeded the number he had taken with him. 11 When Zheng Jing took up the struggle in Fujian, he entrusted the defense of Taiwan to Chen Yonghua and established his eldest son, Zheng Kesang, as the island’s acting governor.

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