Murray A. Rubinstein, Editor
ARMONK, NEW YORK: M. E. SHARPE, 1999
Taiwan has had the fortune, or misfortune, of standing at the intersection of great historical struggles. It has stood at the point of overlapping interests among great powers such as China, Japan, and the United States. Taiwan has also stood at the edge of the history of others, the history of Chinese expansion and retreat from their oceanic frontiers, the history of European and Japanese colonial expansion and defeat, the history of the Republic of China, and the history of the United States as the dominant power in the western Pacific. Meanwhile, residents of Taiwan, whether the Hakkas, other early and late immigrants from the Chinese mainland, or the aboriginal residents, have had to redefine their own history in relation to Taiwan’s very complex past, as well as to the uncertain future of the island republic.