Confrontation over Taiwan: Nineteenth-Century China and the Powers (Paperback)Leonard H. D. Gordon (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 233 x 154 x 23 mm
Overall, Gordon's broad and detailed account of the basic diplomatic events of the nineteenth century offers a valuable introduction to the diplomatic situation along coastal China in the turbulent area.... This informative book makes a useful reference companion. * New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies *
At last, an exciting narrative explaining how and why the Great Powers' leaders and elites in the nineteenth century agitated to claim sovereignty over Taiwan. Although China was able to resist successfully the English, French, and American grabs for Taiwan's minerals and markets, in 1895 a predatory Japan forced China to surrender the island. In describing the struggles among the powers for sovereignty over Taiwan, Leonard H. D. Gordon presents a powerful new argument, based on archival information, as to why China has so persistently striven to claim Taiwan, even into the twenty-first century! A work of immense importance for understanding contemporary relations between Taiwan and mainland China. -- Ramon Myers, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Well grounded in historical facts, this work provides a useful reference to the study of East Asian international relations in the 19th century. Highly recommended. All levels/libraries * CHOICE, Aug. 2008 *
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