Political Development under Chiang Ching-kuo, Lee Teng-hui, and Chen Shui-bian (Comparison)

Five-page paper due. This paper should offer an assessment or analysis on one aspect or some aspects of developments covered up to this point.  The assessment or analysis should be documented with source notes in order to show your awareness of the literature and perspectives on the subjects you assess or analyze.  Students are free to choose the aspects they wish to assess or analyze in crafting a coherent 5-page presentation.

There are 4 aspects you can choose:

Geographic Setting — Historical Background

Japanese rule and political development under Chiang Kai-shek

Political Development under Chiang Ching-kuo, Lee Teng-hui, and Chen Shui-bian (Comparison)

Taiwan’s Path to Economic Modernization

Some students in the past have used the technique of asking a specific question that can be fully answered in 5 pages, and using the paper to answer the question.  Thus, for example, the paper could start with the question “Why did the Chiang Kai-shek regime succeed in governing Taiwan after failing so badly on the Chinese mainland?”  Many other approaches including a policy memorandum are possible and the instructor is available for advice and consultation as needed.

12 font, Time New Roman, MLA style. No Plagarism!!!


There are some materials might help you, and you can find them on google scholar if you need. But plz do NOT add too many quotations:

Denny Roy Taiwan: a Political History (Cornell 2003) ISBN 0-8014-8814-8805-2

Daffdd Fell Government and Politics in Taiwan (Routledge 2011 ISBN 978-0-415-57542-3

Richard Edmonds and Steven Goldstein eds Taiwan in the Twentieth Century: A Retrospective View.  (Cambridge 2001). ISBN 0-521-00343-1 

Richard Bush. Untying the Knot. (Brookings 2005). ISBN 0-8157-1288-x

Richard Bush. Unchartered Strait (Brookings 2013) ISBN-13: 978-0-8157-2384-4

Nancy B. Tucker.  Strait Talk.  (Harvard 2009). ISBN 978-0-674-03187-6

Alan M. Wachman, Why Taiwan? Geostrategic Rationales for China’s Territorial Integrity. (Stanford University Press 2007) ISBN-10: 080475554X

Steven M. Goldstein China and Taiwan (Polity 2015) ISBN 978-0-7456-6000-4

Shelley Rigger, Why Taiwan Matters (Rowman and Littlefield (updated edition)) ISBN  978-1-4422-0480-

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