|aForbidden nation :|ba history of Taiwan /|cJonathan Manthorpe.
|aNew York :|bPalgrave Macmillan,|c2005.
|axiv, 272 p. :|bmaps ;|c25 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|a"Although the legacies of the Cold War have faded from much of Europe, in China they remain vibrant, easily seen in the division between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. Many pundits argue that there is a real threat of war between the two in the next five to ten years, and not many months go by without flare-ups in tensions. It is clear that Taiwan has now entered the decade in which its independence will be won or lost. The current problems between China and Taiwan actually stretch back much further than the Cold War. Forbidden Nation looks at this long history of Taiwan to make sense of the volatile relationship with China."
|a"At the heart of Taiwan's tempestuous story is the curse of geography that placed the island on the strategic cusp between the Far East and Southeast Asia and made it the guardian of some of the world's most lucrative trade routes. For over 400 years, Taiwan has suffered at the hands of multiple colonial powers. Through the dogged determination of a robust, pragmatic, and courageous people, Taiwan has worked to overcome every obstacle thrown in its path. Its history is a saga full of outlandish characters: pirates and warriors, rogues and villains, artist scholars and desecraters, men of principle and men of none, cowards and a few heroes. Jonathan Manthorpe tells the dramatic story of the island, its people, and what has brought them to this moment when their future will be decided."--BOOK JACKET.