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Colonial Development and Population in Taiwan

by George Barclay Princeton University Press
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Pbk 294 pages
AU$73.00 NZ$75.65
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An unusual view of an agrarian region in the process of development by a colonial power. Taiwan (or Formosa), when it reverted to Chinese control in 1945, had been for fifty years the Japanese empire's most cherished foreign possession. Using the remarkable statistical data that the Japanese compiled to aid their administration--one of the most complete and creditable records for a population of this size that has ever been at the disposal of demographers--this book is able to present an authoritative picture of the social economic agricultural and demographic development of the island.


Originally published in 1966.


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  • Frontmatter, pg. i
  • Preface, pg. v
  • Introduction, pg. vii
  • Contents, pg. xi
  • Tables, pg. xiii
  • Figures, pg. xvii
  • Chapter I. The Growth of Population, pg. 1
  • Chapter II. "Economic Development" in Taiwan, pg. 18
  • Chapter III. Economic Activities and Social Change, pg. 43
  • Chapter IV. The Disposition of Manpower, pg. 73
  • Chapter V. Migration and the Growth of Cities, pg. 102
  • Chapter VI. Public Health and the Risks of Death, pg. 133
  • Chapter VII. The Setting for Family Life, pg. 173
  • Chapter VIII. Patterns of Marriage and Divorce, pg. 210
  • Chapter IX. The Fertility of the Taiwanese, pg. 238
  • Chapter X. Conclusion, pg. 255
  • Bibliography, pg. 263
  • Index, pg. 272