The Accidental State: The Making of Taiwan

The making of the separate Taiwan state was not the result of deliberate forethought and planning by either the United States, the KMT, or the CCP. It was the outcome of many ad hoc, individualistic factors and decisions related to war or alliance maintenance, or even serendipity. Especially significant is the complex and critical role of the US government and various American individuals, as well as US policy, as consistent determining forces in shaping the accidental island state.

In addition to showcasing the various internal political struggles within the Nationalist camp as its down-fall began, Lin’s research illuminates how these struggles intersected with the wider geostrategic concerns of other powers, particularly the United States.

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