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ISBN :9789862624036 / Pages : 304

Messages from the Past: History of Taiwan in Letters from the 17th to 20th Centuries

Author Lung-Chih Chang, Yi-Fan Lin, Wen-Cheng Shih, Yin-Yi Cheng, Feng-Nan Su, Sheng-Chuan Chuang, Po-Zong Chen, Sian-Wei Zeng, Jen-tzu Huang
Award 2020 Golden Tripod Award for Non-fiction Book Prize

(English) Letters used to be an important medium for communication in the past, transferring information, recording events while also carrying feelings and thoughts of individuals. To understand the history of a period, letters provide appropriate source materials. In this book, eight letters are selected to reconstruct the history of Taiwan, including official letters of the governor-general of the Dutch East India Company, postcards from a Taiwanese Imperial Japan serviceman, and family letters from the son of Chi Hua Ko─a victim of the White Terror era. The book covers a time spanning from Dutch rule in the seventeenth century to post-war Taiwan in the mid twentieth century. Every letter reflects its historical background and tells an intriguing story.

Interpretation of history is often affected by external factors like politics and is frequently manipulated or twisted. Still, history serves as an important basis for self-identity. With letters as sources, this book intends to take a serious and deep look at historical materials and view the history of Taiwan in a new light.

(Español) Las cartas eran el medio de comunicación más importante en el pasado, pues daban la oportunidad para conocer información, registrar eventos y compartir sentimientos y pensamientos de sus autores. Para entender la historia de este periodo, las cartas son el recurso más apropiado. En este libro fueron seleccionadas ocho cartas que reconstruyen la historia de Taiwán, que incluyen las cartas oficiales del gobernador general de la Compañía Holandesa de las Indias del Este, postales de los soldados del Imperio Japonés Taiwanés, y cartas de familia del hijo de Chi Hua Ko, una víctima del periodo de Terror Blanco. El libro cubre un largo periodo de tiempo, desde el dominio holandés en el siglo XII hasta el Taiwán de la posguerra a mitad del silgo XX. Cada carta refleja su propio escenario histórico y cuenta una fascinante narrativa. La interpretación de la historia siempre se ve afectada por factores externos como la política y con frecuencia es manipulada o tergiversada. Sin embargo, la historia sirve como fundamento de la propia identidad. Con las cartas como recurso, este libro tiene como objetivo ofrecer una mirada seria y profunda a estos materiales y dar una una luz a la historia de Taiwán.

#History # Historical education


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