READ PDF ☆ Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan - by Jonathan Manthorpe
Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PMBy Jonathan Manthorpe

For over 400 years, Taiwan has suffered at the hands of multiple colonial powers, but it has now entered the decade when its independence will be won or lost At the heart of Taiwan s 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 routeFor over 400 years, Taiwan has suffered at the hands of multiple colonial powers, but it has now entered the decade when its independence will be won or lost At the heart of Taiwan s 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 It is the story of the dogged determination of a courageous people to overcome every obstacle thrown in their path Forbidden Nation tells the dramatic story of the island, its people, and what brought them to this moment when their future will be decided.
  • Title: Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan
  • Author: Jonathan Manthorpe
  • ISBN: 9781403969811
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover

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Ying Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
Fantastic recount of the history of Taiwan Jonathan Manthorpe is a masterful story teller,who skillfully put his focal point on this tiny island of intriguing strategic importance, and then examined a confluence of anecdotal and incidental narratives that weave into the tapestry of Formosa Slightly selective in his materials and fictional from time to time, he nonetheless never oversell his views, and manage to magnify without exaggerating The book however spent a disproportionate number of page [...]
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Harry Miller Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
This is the best book on Taiwan I ve read so far Mr Manthorpe is a journalist and a good writer He renders the early history of Taiwan into an exciting story, but he relies on a small number of English language studies, all of them several decades old He is original when writing about recent events that he has observed and people he has interviewed His explanation for Taiwanese democratization is that it was a response to the US s switching diplomatic recognition from the ROC to the PRC mainlan [...]
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Richard Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
The idea that Taiwan province is not part of China is silly Taiwan is officially known as the Republic of China.Taiwan province is just a Chinese province Taiwan was never recognized as an independent country before.The people in Taiwan speak Chinese dialects, and all have their Chinese names and they observe Chinese traditions They are culturally and ethnically Chinese.It is just the fantasy of some western racists who are anti China that want to split Taiwan province from China Of course this [...]
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Peter A Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
In preparation for spending three months in Taiwan, I finally decided to read the Forbidden Nation A History of Taiwan A quick note before the review I had purchased this book in early 2014, but had not had a chance to read it My daughter, not knowing I had it, but that I had an interest in Taiwan, gave me another copy the one I kept for Christmas 2016 This book s title sums up very nicely some of the challenges that Taiwan has faced over the course of some 350 to 400 years Highlighting the them [...]
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Stan Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
After the anecdotal and chatty history o Taiwan i read recently, this was a detailed and rigorously historic look at what has made Taiwan what it is toay The last chapter s , about contemporary Taiwan seemed a bit like journalism than history, but the earlier chapters present a fascinating and elucidating view of Taiwan s past Overall a very good read, and quite information, about a place tat has overcome tremendous odds to become an economic miracle story, a nascent democracy, a magnet for e [...]
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Sylvester Kuo Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
Forbidden Nation is a pretty decent and objective book on the history of Ilha Formosa, now known as Taiwan It s very detailed and I learned a lot about the history of the island and nations around it.
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Michael DeJesus Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
Great readPhenomenal overview of the history of the island Clearly written with an angle, but the writer presents a fairly compelling case for the existence of a unique Taiwanese identity Excellent primer on past history with less focus on contemporary society
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Stacey Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
Not the synopsis I was looking for too detailed and hard to follow.
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Kevin English Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
Jonathan Manthorpe doesn t hide his bias with the title of this book implying that Taiwan has been historically forbidden from asserting its independence Despite this, the book is an excellent political history of the island There are detailed accounts of Koxinga who was like Taiwan s George Washington, his father and his successors The description of the famous Siege of Fort Zeelandia are almost amusing in how incompetent the Dutch were at defending their colony from Koxinga s invasion The mode [...]
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Gene Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
It doesn t take long to see that Manthorpe leans green in the politics of Taiwan, but he does provide plenty of reasons to explain his unstated preference And to say that he leans green doesn t mean that he doesn t have plenty of criticism for Chen Shui Bian and how he ran his administration while in office In that sense, the book is a fair assessment of Taiwan s modern political situation.But this book is a history of Taiwan, so it goes much farther back than either the KMT or the DPP There wer [...]
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Tom Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
Informative history of Taiwan, starting from the earliest aboriginal settlers several thousand years ago, up through mainland Chinese interest in the island, through Dutch and Japanese occupation periods, through the authoritarian period under the KMT, ending with the perilous democracy of the present The interest of this book owes itself to the subject matter Manthorpe tells the tale without much flair, tossing aside such astounding tales as that of George Psalmanazar, a French vagabond who gai [...]
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Chuni-isb Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
Although a Non Fiction, Forbidden Nation provides a comprehensive overview of the issues that are currently dominating Taiwanese history and the causes of tensions between Taiwan and its diplomatic allies and enemies Although undoubtedly with a pan green bias and point of view, the book s contents remain both relevant and insightful today A good basic introduction to politics within the region and the issues of contention that underscore relations between Taiwan and China Book is strongly recomm [...]
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Jonathan Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
While visiting Taiwan earlier this year, I realized that my knowledge of Taiwanese history and Asian history in general was woefully lacking This book is an engaging, well written history of Taiwan from the times of the earliest known non indigenous settlers to 2006 The author s viewpoint is unabashedly pro independence, and the DPP is presented in a favorable light than the KMT Still, it seems like a balanced account of Taiwan s history plus, I tend to agree with the author s views I learned a [...]
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JayHyuck "Jeff" Shin Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
It felt to me as if the book was wrapped up in a bit hurried sense I am fully aware that the history of Taiwan is ongoing, therefore there cannot be such a book as conclusive and complete on the history of the island But, unlike the amount and efforts the write put for premodern periods, chapters for the contemporary was felt lacking and a bit sketchy to a certain extent Still, I consider the book worth to read and probably a good starter for Taiwanese history.
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Ann Tonks Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
I chose this book by a brief summary on in order to find out about Taiwan after a visit last year Accidently, I made a very good choice It s a well written, well researched history for the lay person The writer puts their political views on the table so you know where you stand The political machinations are explained clearly The lead characters are summarised effectively A good introduction to the country, its history and its politics.
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John Paterson Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
A very readable history of Taiwan by the Vancouver Sun columnist Manthorpe I recommend this book to anyone interested in east Asia The book was published in 2005 just after the Green Party leader Chen was re elected as president The next Taiwan presidential election is in January 2012 Taiwan is one of those places where a great deal of history converges to help you understand the region.
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Dan Slimmon Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
A fascinating document, not just of China s designs on Taiwan, but of the history of Taiwan on its own terms And the parallels between Taiwan s nascent democracy and the U.S s makes an excellent reminder of how young the United States institutions still are.
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David Haws Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
Interesting book Why does the PRC feel that it has to secure its borders at their greatest imaginable, historic extent This seems like the kind of silly thing nations do when they have an overwhelming religious identity.
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Daniel Burton-Rose Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
Not a bad introductory overview of Taiwanese political history, which is all I was looking for when I picked this up on my first visit to the island The historical sections are quite derivative, though it s clear Manthorpe has spent some time in Taiwan doing political reporting in English.
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Jean Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
One of the most thorough books about the history of Taiwan Highly recommend it.
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Brock Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
Excellent history of Taiwan If you want to know the interesting history of Taiwan, including why this country and its people do not belong to China, this is a must read.
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AskHistorians Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
A solid review of the past 400 years of Taiwanese history from European colonialism and native settlements up through Ming and Qing era Chinese presence on the island and through to modern democracy.
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John Jan 28, 2020 - 16:59 PM
A solid account of the island s history, gained much understanding of the cross strait situation.
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Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan By Jonathan Manthorpe For over 400 years, Taiwan has suffered at the hands of multiple colonial powers, but it has now entered the decade when its independence will be won or lost At the heart of Taiwan s 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 routeFor over 400 years, Taiwan has suffered at the hands of multiple colonial powers, but it has now entered the decade when its independence will be won or lost At the heart of Taiwan s 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 It is the story of the dogged determination of a courageous people to overcome every obstacle thrown in their path Forbidden Nation tells the dramatic story of the island, its people, and what brought them to this moment when their future will be decided.

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