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The Struggle for Taiwan - A History

English · Hardback

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The Struggle for Taiwan is a balanced and convincing account of the sequence of events that has left Taiwan for generations as a political anomaly, with issues around its status and future continuing to threaten war. With deepening democratization, Taiwan further goads Beijing, remaining functionally independent from China even as Xi Jinping clamours for unification.

This invaluable book allows readers to understand the complex story of this unique place and its role in international relations. With its striking economic dynamism and commitment to democracy, can Taiwan continue - as Hong Kong once did - to thrive, or will China conquer it? And will the world be able to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait or will it stumble into war?<>

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'A rigorously researched and gripping account... a beautifully written book' - Kathrin Hille, Financial Times

'Excellent and timely… Khan’s book suggests that military conflict is not inevitable and that calm heads, open communication and the spirit of compromise could yet save us from a third world war' - Neal E. Robbins, Literary Review

'Deeply researched and fascinating' - The Guardian

A gripping account of the past and future of Taiwan

In the overwhelming chaos across Asia at the end of the Second World War, one relatively minor issue was the future of the Japanese colony of Taiwan, a large island some one hundred miles off the coast of Fujian. Handed to the Kuomintang-ruled Republic of China, in 1949 it suddenly became the focus of global attention as a random cross-section of defeated Nationalists, including President Chiang Kai-shek, fled there from Mao's triumphant Communist forces.

The Struggle for Taiwan is a balanced and convincing account of the sequence of events that has left Taiwan for generations as a political anomaly, with issues around its status and future continuing to threaten war. With deepening democratization, Taiwan further goads Beijing, remaining functionally independent from China even as Xi Jinping clamours for unification.

This invaluable book allows readers to understand the complex story of this unique place and its role in international relations. With its striking economic dynamism and commitment to democracy, can Taiwan continue - as Hong Kong once did - to thrive, or will China conquer it? And will the world be able to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait or will it stumble into war?

Product details

Authors Sulmaan Wasif Khan
Publisher Allen Lane
 
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 30.05.2024
 
EAN 9780241674857
ISBN 978-0-241-67485-7
No. of pages 336
Dimensions 160 mm x 240 mm x 30 mm
Subjects Non-fiction book > History > Miscellaneous

China, Taiwan, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory, Geopolitics, HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia, Later 20th century c 1950 to c 1999, Political Geography, Early 21st century c 2000 to c 2050, china; asia; politics; military history; economics

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