Taiwan in late ming and qing China

Ann Heylen*

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A classification of Taiwan in the late Ming and Qing era is grounded in a national history written through a dynastic perspective, encompassing a geographical demarcation. The paradigm that underpins the scholarly discussion of Taiwan in late Ming and Qing brings together both the Chinese dynastic and Eurocentric vision of expansionism. Taiwan features where East meets West in a common understanding on how to write the incorporation of the island into the Chinese imperial and European expansionist history. Taiwan Island History provides the methodological framework to write about the theme of Dutch Formosa/Spanish Hermosa, which is a specialization of either the area studies called Taiwan Studies or the sub-discipline within history called Taiwan History. The disclosure of the verenigde oost-indische compagnie, archival materials has resulted in large translation projects into Chinese or English that are state or privately funded. The Theoretical work pondering over macro-questions is now favoured over a continuation of gathering micro-data and the fact-finding mission.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781317669708
ISBN (Print)9781138781870
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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