Early Japan and the Taiwanese Aborigines in Colonial Taiwan a Love-Hate Relationship


  • Nikolaos Mavropoulos Leiden University




Imperial Attitudes, Colonial Taiwan, Japanese Colonialism


The ruthlessness of Tōkyō’s rule and the military authority’s prolonged domination over the civilian administration reveal the characteristics of Japan’s early colonial endeavour. The colony’s main utilization was as a base for further expansion towards Southern China (Amoy 1900) a fact that demonstrates the political preponderance of the military and of expansionists circles in the metropolis and periphery alike. Taiwan as the first overseas colony served Japan’s colonial experiment; colonial methods previously used in Hokkaidō and Ryūkyū were implemented while the way that Taiwan was managed set the pattern for the future administration of Korea

Author Biography

Nikolaos Mavropoulos, Leiden University

Visiting Fellow, Leiden University, Netherlands.


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