Maritime Taiwan: Historical Encounters with the East and the West

Front Cover
Routledge, Dec 18, 2014 - Business & Economics - 280 pages
0 Reviews
For centuries the island of Taiwan, 100 miles off the Asian mainland, has been a crossroads for traders and settlers, pirates and military schemers from around the world. Unlike China, with its long tradition of keeping foreigners out, Taiwan has a long history of interaction, both hostile and friendly, with other seafaring nations near and far. "Maritime Taiwan" captures the full drama and details of this remarkable history. It's filled with fascinating stories of foreign adventurers and echoes the bitter songs of Taiwan's aboriginal population, confronted by the convergence of different maritime cultures and values on the island.Here are accounts of the legendary pirate Koxinga, the Chinese junk trade, the mighty Dutch East India Company, British opium traders and Scottish tea merchants, Jesuit priests and Presbyterian missionaries, A French fleet commander, a Japanese colonial administrator, an American aid official, and many more. Here too is an extraordinary view of Taiwan over the centuries, as its distinct identity, culture, and values were shaped by its unique history. Today, with a population of only 23 million, Taiwan is the world's nineteenth largest economy, a vibrant, relatively free society on the strategic route between China and Southeast Asia. Maritime Taiwan also discusses the significant impact of American military, economic, educational, and technological aid on Taiwan's developments and addresses the island's continued importance in maintaining the U.S. hegemony in East Asia.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

1 Introduction
3
The Dutch the Spaniards and Koxinga
19
Taiwan Southeast Asia and Coastal China
45
Consulates Trading Firms and Presbyterian Churches
63
The French Campaign in Taiwan
87
The United States Arrives in Taiwan
105
The Colonization of Taiwan
128
From Colony to Haven
149
The Growing American Presence and Influence
174
Notes
207
Glossary of Chinese Japanese and Taiwanese Characters
235
Bibliography
243
Index
257
About the Author
266
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2014)

Shih-shan Henry Tsai is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at the University of Arkansas.

Bibliographic information