Japanese Colonialism In Taiwan

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Overview


Exploring the dynamics of development and dependency, this book traces the experience of Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule. Chih-ming Ka shows how, unlike in other sugar-producing colonies, Taiwan was able to sustain its indigenous family farms and small-scale rice millers, who not only survived but thrived in competition with Japanese sugar capital. Focusing on Taiwan’s success, the author reassesses theories of capitalist transformation of colonial agriculture and reconceptualizes the relationship between colonial and indigenous socioeconomic and political forces. Considering the influence of sugar on the evolution of family farms and the contradictory relationship between sugar and rice production, he explores the interplay of class forces to explain the unique experience of colonial Taiwan.
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The author, a sociologist at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, shows how Taiwan, faced with competition by Japanese sugar capital, was able to sustain its indigenous family farms and small-scale rice millers and, in fact, thrive. Focusing on Taiwan's success, the author reassesses theories of capitalist transformation of colonial agriculture and reconceptualizes the relationship between colonial and indigenous socioeconomic and political forces. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813336374
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/1995
  • Series: Transitions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Chih-ming Ka is a research fellow at the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
List of Photographs
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Land Tenure, Class Relations, and the State in Precolonial Taiwan (1683-1895) 11
Ch. 2 The Colonial State, Foreign Capital, and the Articulation of Indigenous Agriculture 49
Ch. 3 Family Farms and the Formation of Surplus Extraction Mechanisms by Sugar Capital 95
Ch. 4 The Contradictory Relationship Between Rice and Sugar 133
Conclusion 181
Appendix: Prices, Income, and Land Productivity in Rice, Cane and Sugar Production, 1910-1938 189
Bibliography 193
Conversion of Weights and Measures 211
Glossary 213
About the Book and Author 215
Index 217
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