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Until 1949, when Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek fled from Mainland China to the Island of Formosa, few people throughout the world knew about that island of the China coast. Once Formosa became the seat of the Nationalist Government of China that little island has been much in headlines everywhere. Indeed, Formosa is of major importance in world politics and international affairs these days.

So much for a very brief sketch of the island itself. The story of its importance, its history and its development will be the purpose of the balance of this study.

It is not to be the purpose of this treatise to present an exhaustive study of all the various facets of the life of Formosa’s many classes and types of people. Rather, it will be an endeavor, briefly, to outline the history of Formosa, and thus identify the place and power of Formosa as it related to the whole field of contemporary history.

No doubt for many years to come, Formosa will continue to be an important factor in the affairs of the Far East.



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