Book Announcement: Outcasts of Empire: Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s “Savage Border” 1874-1945

Barclay, Paul D.

Outcasts of Empire: Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s “Savage Border” 1874-1945.

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Outcasts of Empire unveils the causes and consequences of capitalism’s failure to “batter down all Chinese walls” in modern Taiwan. Adopting micro- and macrohistorical perspectives, I argue that the interpreters, chiefs, and trading-post operators who mediated state-society relations on Taiwan’s “savage border” during successive Qing and Japanese regimes rose to prominence and faded to obscurity in concert with a series of “long nineteenth century” global transformations. Superior firepower and large economic reserves ultimately enabled Japanese statesmen to discard mediators on the border and sideline a cohort of indigenous headmen who played both sides of the fence to maintain their chiefly status. Even with reluctant “allies” marginalized, however, the colonial state lacked sufficient resources to integrate Taiwan’s indigenes into its disciplinary apparatus. The colonial state therefore created the Indigenous Territory, which exists to this day as a legacy of Japanese imperialism, local initiatives, and the global commodification of culture.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: Empires and Indigenous Peoples, Global Transformation
and the Limits of International Society 1
1. From Wet Diplomacy to Scorched Earth: The Taiwan Expedition,
the Guardline, and the Wushe Rebellion 43
2. The Longue Durée and the Short Circuit: Gender, Language, and
Territory in the Making of Indigenous Taiwan 114
3. Tangled Up in Red: Textiles, Trading Posts, and Ethnic Bifurcation
in Taiwan 161
4. The Geobodies within a Geobody: The Visual Economy of Race
Making and Indigeneity 190
Notes 251
Glossary 293

Paul D. Barclay is Professor of History at Lafayette College and general editor of the East Asia Image Collection.

The paperback book edition of Outcasts of Empire will be available in November 2017.

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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