Taiwan in Transformation 1895-2005: The Challenge of a New Democracy to an Old Civilization

Taiwan in Transformation 1895-2005: The Challenge of a New Democracy to an Old Civilization

by Chun-chieh Huang (Editor)


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The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed rapid changes not only in global politics but also in Taiwan's quests for new identities. The notorious martial law was lifted in July 1987, and long-repressed calls for democratization began to be heard that caught worldwide attention. In tandem with economic transformation, the entire world of thought in Taiwan underwent significant changes. Both economic and ideological restructuring have been basic elements of transformation in postwar Taiwan. However, rapid democratization opened a Pandora's box, and stirred a whirlwind of discord there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412807272
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2007
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Chun-chieh Huang is National Chair Professor and dean at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, National Taiwan University.

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Prologue     xv
Retrospect     1
The Taiwanese Nostalgia for Cultural China (1895-1950)     3
The Rise and Formation of Cultural Nostalgia, 1895-1945     3
The Fall and Dissipation of the Nostalgia, 1945-1950     14
Implications and Lessons     24
Postwar Taiwan in Historical Perspective     29
Introduction     29
The Rise and Fall of Agrarian Culture in Postwar Taiwan     31
The Prewar Background and Its Problems     39
The JCRR and Its Role in History     46
Conclusion     51
Transformation of Farmers' Social Consciousness (1950-1970)     53
Introduction     53
Farmers' Social Consciousness in the Early Period of Retrocession     57
Farmers' Social Consciousness in the 1970s     78
Conclusion     85
Transformation of Confucianism (1950-1980)     89
The Characteristics     89
The Approaches     94
The Propagation     117
Conclusion     122
A Contemporary Confucianist's Postwar Taiwan Experience: The Case of Hsu Fu-kuan (1902-1982)     127
Cultural Impacts onPeople     128
Personal Formation of Culture     139
The Distinctiveness of Chinese Culture     144
Appendix     146
Prospect     151
The Development of Taiwanese Consciousness: Retrospect and Prospect     153
Introduction     153
Stages of Development of "Taiwanese Consciousness"     153
Characteristics of Taiwanese Consciousness     182
Conclusion     185
"Mutual Historical Understanding": The Basis for "Taiwan- Mainland Relations in the Twenty-First Century     189
Introduction     189
The Importance of Historical Understanding     190
Taiwan's Historicity: The Centripetal-Centrifugal Spirit     196
Mainland's Historicity: Zealous Nationalism     212
Historical Understanding: The Hope of the Relationship     216
Epilogue     219
Works Cited     231
Index of Names     249

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