Taiwan in Japan's Empire-Building: An Institutional Approach to Colonial Engineering - Academia Sinica on East Asia (Hardback)Hui-Yu Caroline Tsai (author)
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This book explores the institutions through which Taiwan was governed under Japanese colonial rule, illuminating how the administration was engineered and how Taiwan was placed in Japan's larger empire building. The author argues that rather than envisaging the ruling of the society and then going on to frame policies accordingly Japanese rule in Taiwan was more ad hoc: utilizing and integrating "native" social forces to ensure cooperation.
Part I examines how the Japanese administration was shaped in the specific context of colonial Taiwan, focusing on the legal tradition, the civil service examination and the police system. Part II elaborates on the process of "colonial engineering," with special attention paid to "colonial governmentality", "social engineering" and colonial spatiality. In Part III Hui-yu Caroline Ts'ai provides a more in-depth analysis of wartime integration policies and the mobilization of labor before making an evaluation of Japan's colonial legacy.
Taiwan in Japan's Empire-Building will appeal to researchers, scholars and students interested in Japanese Imperial History as well as those studying the history of Taiwan.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 334
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 23 mm
"In sum, Taiwan in Japan's Empire-Building will be an essential part of any university or college library collection and required reading for all students of Japanese imperialism or Taiwanese history." - Paul D. Barclay, Pacific Affairs: Volume 83, No. 1 - March 2010
"This book makes some important contributions. It contributes to overcoming a monochromatic view of the Japanese period, arguing very strongly in a number of fields that Japan's rule over Taiwan went through a series of stages. Ts'ai also often introduces her encyclopedic knowledge of the Japanese period in Taiwan, and provides important sources and a very substantial 30-page bibliography." - J. Bruce Jacobs, The China Journal, No. 65, January 2011
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