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The Second Long March Struggling Against the Chinese Communists Under the Republic of China (Taiwan) Constitution

by Peter Kien-hong Yu, Richard H. Yang

The Second Long March Struggling Against the Chinese Communists Under the Republic of China (Taiwan) Constitution Synopsis

This work, written by an expert in the politics of Mainland China and Taiwan, looks at the role the Constitution of the Republic of China has played in the development of Taiwan since 1949 and its potential influence on the People's Republic of China.The Chinese Communists conducted the first long march for the sake of the majority of Chinese people, with the victory of MAO Zedong. In the second long march, CHIANG Kai-shek and his successors tried to convert the Chinese mailand from a Communist, totalitarian system, into a democratic, prosperous one by relying on the spirit of the Republic of China (ROC) constitution and by setting itself as a good example, in gradually guaranteeing freedom and democracy. Needless to say, this march is long and difficult. Struggling Against The Chinese Communists under the Republic of China Constitution challenges other models and theories on the study of the relationship between the ROC (Taiwan area) and mainland China or the People's Republic of China (PRC) since China became politically (as opposed to legally) divided in December 1949. Arguably, it is the ROC Constitution that has helped ROC citizens to live in a non-Communist or anti-Communist political system. Actively promoting democracy and freedom on the Chinese mainland (neidi) can further guarantee the Taiwan area's survival.The book provides valuable scholarship of interest to anyone researching the political history of China and its prospects for democratization.

The Second Long March Struggling Against the Chinese Communists Under the Republic of China (Taiwan) Constitution Press Reviews

Yu deserves credit for formulating a basic theory. Few dare do this. His theory is heuristic. It makes one think. It is a useful framework for explaining Taiwan's success in democratizing, which still interests leaders of developing nations and scholars everywhere.Yu also provides an interesting look at Taiwan's politics as he goes. He is a homegrown observer and knows the ins and outs of how the system works in principle and in practice. He adds tidbits of inside information along the way, many of which have not been cited or at least assessed by other scholars. This makes the book a more interesting read.The Second Long March is recommended to all who want to view Taiwan's history and politics, especially its democratization, from a unique perspective. Why is this so important? Taiwan is the only non-negotiable issue between the United States and the People's Republic of China, the sole superpower and the world's foremost rising power, and the relationship between them is the basis of stability in the global economy and international politics. John F. Copper is the Stanley J. Buckman Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. This work is worth reading especially for the people who are intereseted in the R.O.C.'s relations with the P.R.C and the U.S. or Taiwan's political development in general after WWII because it not only provides a new theory of why the R.O.C. on Tawan has survived since 1949 but also well documents much R.O.C.-related historic information including important domestic and international political events, public statements made by politicians, news reports, scholarly works, etc. in the period from 1949 to 2008. Journal of Chinese Political Science, Vol 16, No 3, 2011 The Second Long March is recommended to all who want to view Taiwan's history and politics, especially its democratization, from a unique perspective. --Sanford Lakoff

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826430106
Publication date: 1st May 2009
Author: Peter Kien-hong Yu, Richard H. Yang
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Constitutional & administrative law, Comparative politics, International relations, Political science & theory,

About Peter Kien-hong Yu, Richard H. Yang

Peter Kien-hong YU (Ph.D., New York University, October 1983) is Professor of Political Science/International Relations at Ming Chuan University (MCU), Taiwan, Republic of China (ROC). Since August 2003, he has been teaching courses related to International Governance, International Regimes, Ecoholism, Dialectical Politics between Taiwan and Mainland China, etc. In April 2007, he became the Director of the One-dot Center for the Study of International Governance, Regimes, and Globalization. From October 1983 to July 2003, he worked in various capacities, such as the Dean of Research and Development, professor at the National Sun Yat-sen University, senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore, ...

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