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From Province to Republic to Colony

The James Wheeler Davidson Collection on the Origins and Early Development of Japanese Rule in Taiwan, 1895-1905

by (author) David Curtis Wright & Hsin-Yi Lin

Academia Sinica
Initial publish date
Aug 2017
General, Japan, China, Social History
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    Aug 2017
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James Wheeler Davidson, journalist, businessman, and Arctic explorer, traveled to Taiwan as a correspondent dedicated to providing an alternative perspective on the First Sino-Japanese War, which spanned 1894-1895. From 1895 to 1903 he lived and worked in Taiwan, experiencing it first as a province of the Manchu Qing empire, then as a brief and abortive republic, and finally as Japan's first colonial possession. He was an able chronicler of the unfolding of Japanese colonial rule in Taiwan, and wrote the first book in English on the island's history and geography. It remains a classic to this day.

From Province to Republic to Colony draws on Davidson's personal collection of rare photographic images and source documents archived at the University of Calgary. Selected portions are reproduced, illustrating crucial moments in Taiwan's history. These include selections from Davidson's war diary, newspaper clippings, and lantern slides. Professors David Curtis Wright of the University of Calgary and Hsin-yi Lin of National Taiwan Norman University each offer introductory historical background essays and deliver commentary on more than 500 historical artifacts.

About the authors

David Curtis Wright is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary.

David Curtis Wright's profile page

Hsin-Yi Lin is an assistant professor in the Department of History at National Taiwan Normal University.

Hsin-Yi Lin's profile page