‘Not until the mid-seventeenth century, under pressure from Europeans’ arrival in coastal Asia and from Manchu efforts to quell the resistance of Ming loyalists in South China, did a Chinese imperial administration manifest a greater political interest in Taiwan.’
—Gary Marvin Davison,
A Short History of Taiwan: The Case for Independence
THE GEOGRAPHY OF TAIWAN could be said to have created its history. Surrounded by different cultures, the island of Taiwan was often a pawn in the geopolitical games of nations. The modern economic miracle ...