Most Recent Books
John F. Copper, Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? (fourth edition)(Boulder: Westview Press, 2003)
John F. Copper, Taiwan in Troubled Times: Essays on the Chen Shui-bian Presidency (Singapore: World Scientific, 2002)
John F. Copper, Historical Dictionary of Taiwan 2 ed. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2000)
This is a revised and much enlarged edition of the Historical Dictionary of Taiwan first written in 1993. It is a reference book that contains an extensive list of historic and currently important people, places, companies, organizations, etc. It also contains a chronology, a short historical sketch of Taiwan and an extensive bibliography. This book is one in a series of historical dictionaries on various nations of the world written to serve as an easy and quick reference.
John F. Copper, Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? 3 ed. (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999)
This is an enlarged and revised edition of the book first written in 1990 and published in its second edition in 1996. It is a general book on Taiwan, but one that does not avoid controversial issues and topics. In fact, the main theme pursued throughout is whether Taiwan should be regarded as a sovereign nation-state or a province of China, and if it should be a nation-state is it necessary to declare independence or change the formal national title the Republic of China to the Republic of Taiwan or some such name. It also assesses Taiwan′s future in view of rapid economic and political change it has experience and its tenuous relationship with Beijing and it constituting a problem in United States foreign policy in view of the importance of Beijing to Washington. Chapters in this book deal with Taiwan′s infrastructure, history, society, political system, economy, foreign and defense policy, and the future.
John F. Copper, As Taiwan Approaches the New Millennium: Essays on Politics and Foreign Policy (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1999)
This book looks at issues and events in Taiwan at a critical juncture: when it is adjusting to rapid democratization and as the "Taiwan issue" became a heated issue between Washington and Beijing. Chapters cover: (1) the origins of the dispute between Beijing and Taipei and their different perspectives on Taiwan′s history, legal status, current issues and more; Taiwan′s first direct presidential election which transpired in the context of intimidating missile tests done by China′s People′s Liberation Army and a U.S. reaction in the form of sending aircraft carriers to the scene; the Nationalist Party′s 15th Congress which set the stage for policies change; and U.S. policy toward Taiwan and Washington′s decision to become more involved in the "Taiwan issue."